A monkey is trained to harvest coconuts at the Monkey Theatre in Samui Island, Thailand. File photo: EPA-EFE A monkey is trained to harvest coconuts at the Monkey Theatre in Samui Island, Thailand. File photo: EPA-EFE
A monkey is trained to harvest coconuts at the Monkey Theatre in Samui Island, Thailand. File photo: EPA-EFE
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Thailand’s US$400 million coconut trade caught up in ‘monkey abuse’ scandal

  • Waitrose, Boots and Walgreens are among the retailers pulling Thai coconut milk from their shelves after a PETA investigation alleged rampant abuse
  • Even Boris Johnson’s fiancée weighed in on the ‘enslavement’ of coconut-picking macaques. But locals say its an age-old practice and deny the claims

Topic |   Thailand
A monkey is trained to harvest coconuts at the Monkey Theatre in Samui Island, Thailand. File photo: EPA-EFE A monkey is trained to harvest coconuts at the Monkey Theatre in Samui Island, Thailand. File photo: EPA-EFE
A monkey is trained to harvest coconuts at the Monkey Theatre in Samui Island, Thailand. File photo: EPA-EFE
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