Thai Coconut Farmers Reject Monkey Abuse Charges, Suffer Lost Income

By Kyodo News 17 July 2020

CHUMPHON, Thailand—Farmers in southern Thailand have cried foul over an animal protection organization’s accusation that monkeys used to harvest coconuts are abused, insisting they are just following tradition by utilizing their climbing skills and treat them as family members, not “slaves.”

The allegations leveled by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, have caused some supermarkets in Britain to stop selling Thai coconut products since early this month.

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