PETA activists drop hundreds of coconuts at Lake Eola Publix Thursday in protest against ‘forced monkey labor’

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals continue their awareness-raising campaign against monkey slave labor with an action Thursday afternoon that aims to shame Publix into dropping a certain brand of coconut milk.

Thailand’s Chaokoh brand of coconut milk, stocked by Publix stores, was the subject of an extensive undercover investigation by PETA that produced some pretty damning evidence of monkeys forced to pick coconuts while in extreme states of anguish. There are claims that the monkey are kept chained to old tires, caged for life, and some have their teeth pulled out.



This was enough to make some other major retailers — among them Target, Costco and Walgreens — stop carrying the coconut milk brand. Publix has remained a holdout, though.

So, at noon at the Publix on Central Boulevard, PETA activists dressed as monkeys plan to dump hundreds of humanely picked coconuts at the store, as a sequel of sorts to a similar action in December at Publix's Lakeland headquarters.



“Milk from coconuts picked by abused monkeys doesn’t belong on grocery shelves any more than monkeys belong on those chains,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a press statement. “PETA is calling on Publix to reject products of forced monkey labor.”



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