HelloFresh sparks outrage after ‘using Thai monkey slaves to make its products’

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    Global meal kit delivery company HelloFresh has come under fire for allegedly using monkey slaves to create the coconut milk it sends out in its delivery boxes.

    The discovery was made by PETA – the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

    According to its Asia branch, the company has been using coconut milk supplied by two companies who have previously admitted using monkey slave labour to make the product.

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    HelloFresh condemned the use of monkey labour and said it had sought "written assurances" from all of its suppliers that they do not use such practices.

    Two companies, Suree and Aroy-D, allegedly chain monkeys on trash-strewn patches of dirt and flooded areas with car tires as their only “shelter” from the elements.

    One worker told investigators that the monkeys are then forced to pick coconuts for more than a decade and then spend the rest of their lives on a chain.

    PETA Asia’s new exposé also implicates coconut pickers, brokers, farms, and monkey-training operations in nine provinces, including top-producing ones.

    A trainer was documented striking a screaming monkey, dangling him by the neck, and then whipping him with the tether. A female monkey reportedly used for breeding was kept chained alone in the sun without access to water, while other young monkeys languished in cages.

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    A PETA spokesman said: “PETA is calling on everyone, including HelloFresh, to stop buying canned coconut milk from Thailand until monkeys are no longer used and abused for profit.”

    HelloFresh has commented on the claim, stating that they have been given “written assurances” from their suppliers that no monkeys were used in the process.

    A spokesman said: “HelloFresh strictly condemns any use of monkey labour in its supply chain, and we take a hard position of not procuring from suppliers or selling coconut products which have been found to use monkey labour.

    “We have written confirmation from all of our suppliers — in the US and globally — that they do not engage in these practices.”

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