Thailand: the slave monkeys of the coconut industry

A disturbing PETA exposé reveals that terrified young monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, driven insane, abusively trained, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts used to make coconut water, milk, oil, and other products that are sold around the world, including in Australia.

For the Thai coconut industry, many monkeys are reportedly illegally abducted from their families and homes in nature when they’re just babies. They’re fitted with rigid metal collars and kept chained or tethered until they’re no longer useful to farmers.

Coconut monkeyThe terrified young monkeys are forced to perform frustrating and difficult tasks, such as twisting heavy coconuts until they fall off the trees from a great height. An investigator learned that if monkeys try to defend themselves, their canine teeth may be pulled out.

Affenhalter.Thailand jpgSome monkeys were transported in cramped cages that were barely large enough for them to turn around in, and others were left in locked cages on the back of a ute with no shelter from the pouring rain. One monkey was seen frantically shaking the cage bars in a vain attempt to escape.

Take Action

Please make sure that your coconut products don’t come from suppliers that use monkey labor. Avoid the brands Aroy-D and Chaokoh – also sold as TCC in Australia – and all coconut products from Thailand.

In general, coconut products originating in Brazil, Colombia, Hawaii, India, and the Philippines are supplied by companies that don’t use monkey labor.

Sign below to urge Aroy-D and Chaokoh to stop supporting this cruel industry by obtaining their coconuts from companies that don’t exploit monkeys.


My Comment and Information: The next time you use coconut milk when cooking, check out the packaging. If it comes from Thailand, the nuts were probably picked by tortured monkeys, southern pig monkeys. Don`t buy it!

In the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand’s largest coconut palm growing region, they work as slaves eight hours a day, six days a week – as the Thai labor law also stipulates for people as maximum working hours.

They take a break at noon only when their slave owners also take a break, and all of that also on rainy and Sunday. When they are not working, they are chained to tree stumps. They often fall fainting from exhaustion.

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The male primates can harvest up to 1,600 coconuts a day, the female about 600. Humans could harvest just 80 pieces under the same conditions. And above all, they would have to work!!

They see the animals as free workers and let them work as they please. The primates do not demand higher wages and are not corrupt. They don’t need social or accident insurance. So that’s why they are used as “living machines”!

There are no rewards. Loafers are flogged according to old slave manners.

schweineaffe Thailand jpgMost often the mothers of the baby monkeys are killed beforehand.
Pig monkeys are protected under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act of 1992 and must not be caught.

Coconut plucking monkey

Pig monkeys are one of 61 animal species that can be bred. They may only be sold by farms that are registered on the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation (DNP).

If the breeder issues a document that identifies the monkey as from his farm, the buyer shows it to the (DNP)  which checks the animal’s new home for suitability and then issues a license.

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Since the law came into force in 1992, the government has issued such licenses twice, in 1992 and 2003. Regardless of where the animals came from.
Animal rights activists say that monkey owners are tricking the law by using one animal license for several.
“According to licenses, they have 15 monkeys, but effectively 15 to 20 more, says Edwin Wiek, founder, and director of the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.

“If the authorities enforced the law according to the legal text, the attitude could become a burden for the owners. Nobody really cares about monkeys. But when it comes to tigers, bears, or elephants, everyone screams.”

The instructors use constant threats of physical punishment to force the monkeys to the coconut pieces. Monkeys do not voluntarily get on a bike and do not run on wire ropes. They don’t harvest the coconuts because they want to, but because they’re afraid of being punished.


It is estimated that there are at least 20 mini zoos under the guise of monkey training centers on Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya, but most of the monkeys are used for tourist shows because many of the tourists want to watch monkey training.

My best regards to all, Venus

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