HelloFresh accused of using coconut milk obtained from the work of monkeys in Thailand
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PETA charged that HelloFresh, the largest provider of meal kits in the United States, uses coconut milk obtained from the work of monkeys in Thailand, so it is calling for a boycott of the meal delivery service.
According to the NGO, the largest animal rights group in the world, monkeys are chained, flogged, beaten and forced to spend long hours collecting coconuts. Allegations of animal abuse are alleged at 57 operations in nine provinces in Thailand, according to findings released Monday.
In response, HelloFresh said the company receives written assurances from its suppliers that its coconuts are not sourced from monkeys.
“HelloFresh strictly condemns any use of mono labor in its supply chain, and we take a tough stance not to source from or sell coconut products found to use mono labor. We have written confirmation from all of our suppliers, in the United States and around the world, that they do not engage in these practices."
For its part, PETA insisted that most of the monkeys are kidnapped from their families in the wild, although the species exploited for the coconut trade are threatened or endangered.according to the animal welfare group.
"Monkeys are chained around their necks and forced to work hard day in and day out, all for HelloFresh and other companies that lack a conscience," PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said Monday.
PETA is asking everyone, including HelloFresh, to stop buying canned coconut milk from Thailand until the money is no longer used or abused for profit.
The Berlin-based company has a global reach, operating in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. .
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