Peeple will not sell coconut milk made by Thai company Chakoh following an investigation tied to forced monkey labor for monkey labor, Target announced Monday.
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PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman wrote in a statement, “By leaving the quadruple, Target is joining thousands of stores that refuse to take advantage of the misery of the chained monkeys.”
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“PETA Expos has confirmed that Thai coconut makers are exploiting monkeys and lying about it, so there is no excuse for any grocery store to keep the chaukoh on their shelves.”
PETA, which has been tracking the monkey’s exploits in Thailand since 2019, conducted two undercover investigations, which found that primates were forced to take coconuts throughout the day with chains around their necks. The group’s investigation found “cruelty with monkeys on every farm, in every monkey-training facility, and in every coconut-picking competition that used monkey labor.”
When PETA did not force tourists to pick up coconuts or perform in circus-style shows, animals were confined to cages barely larger than their bodies, or caged, “PETA Wrote in a news release.
After PETA’s investigation, the coconut industry claimed that they had changed their practice and were no longer using monkey labor but a second investigation found that it was still happening.
PETA said, “A second investigation by PETA Asia still found using monkey labor and industry insiders to hire contractors to bring the monkeys until auditors leave or only at harvest time.” Monkeys are discussing this industry.
Target told The Post that they decided to pull the products in November last year.
“We believe in the humane treatment of animals and expect people who do business with us to do the same,” a spokesperson wrote in a statement.
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“We take the claims against Chocoh seriously, and seeing that they are unable to adequately address the concerns raised, we decided to remove their product from our classification.”
Peta is lobbying major grocery chains to block the sale of the quad and so far has cut ties with the brand to more than 26,000 stores, including Wegmans, Costco, Food Lion, Stop & Shop and now Target Have agreed.
Meanwhile, Kroger, Albertson and Publix continue the practice.