HelloFresh has been accused of using monkey-worked coconut milk

HelloFresh has been accused of using monkey-worked coconut milk

HelloFresh uses coconut milk that comes from monkey labor in Thailand, according to allegations by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who are calling for a boycott of the food delivery service.

According to a PETA Asia investigation, monkeys are chained, flogged, beaten and forced to pick coconuts for hours. According to the findings released on Monday, 57 farms in nine provinces of Thailand have allegations of animal abuse.

In a statement to CBS MoneyWatch, HelloFresh said the company receives written assurances from its suppliers that its coconuts are not sourced with monkeys.

“HelloFresh strictly condemns any use of monkey labor in its supply chain and we take a hard position not to source or sell coconut products that have used monkey labor from suppliers. We have written acknowledgment from all of our suppliers – in the US and worldwide – that they do not engage in these practices.

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Monkey in a cage in Thailand.

PETA


Brokers for HelloFresh’s coconut milk suppliers showed PETA the monkeys, chained to car tires at trash-strewn patches and flooded areas, as their only refuge, according to the animal rights group, which released photos of their investigation as well as video footage.

Most monkeys are abducted from their families in the wild, although the species exploited by the coconut trade are threatened or endangered, according to the animal protection group.

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Monkey picking coconuts.

PETA


“Monkeys are chained around their necks and forced to toil day in and day out, all for HelloFresh and other companies that have no conscience,” PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman claimed in an emailed statement Monday. “PETA is urging everyone, including HelloFresh, to stop buying canned coconut milk from Thailand until the money is no longer used and misused for profit.”

The Berlin based company has a global reach and is based in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA employed

The company had 7.5 million active customers in the third quarter, a three-month period in which the company generated more than $1.9 billion in revenue, it said last month.

PETA has for years urged companies and people not to buy canned coconut milk products made in Thailand amid abuse allegations. The group received such a commitment in 2020 US grocery brands like Walgreens and Stop & Shop.

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