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PETA ‘Lobs’ Coconuts to CEO of Associated Food Stores Over Monkey Labor

For immediate release:
October 18, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Salt Lake City – As the head of some of the few grocery chains still selling coconut milk obtained through forced labor from monkeys, Associated Food Stores CEO Robert Obray will receive a special delivery from PETA this week: a dozen fresh products, humanly got coconuts to remind him that monkeys forced to pick coconuts are chained, isolated and even driven mad. PETA asks Obray to reconsider Associated Food Stores’ business relationship with Chaokoh, a major offender.

“Coconuts are sweet, but the way monkeys in Thailand are deprived and exploited to pick them is bullshit cornsays PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA hopes Associated Food Stores agree that intelligent, sentient primates don’t deserve to be subjected to a bitter life of forced labor.”

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals do not belong to us to abuse them in any way” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, Where instagram.

PETA’s letter to Obray follows.

October 18, 2021

Robert Obray, CEO

Associated Food Stores

Dear Mr. Obray:

Greetings from PETA. We applaud Associated Food Stores for bringing great-tasting vegan products to your customers, and now we urge you to take action on an issue that concerns many of them. We sent you these coconuts in hopes of finally open cracking a dialogue about reconsidering your business relationship with Chaokoh, a brand involved in PETA Asia’s investigation into the use of chained monkeys – some with their canines removed and all of whom were force-trained – in the industry thai coconut.

PETA Asia’s investigation found that Chaokoh is part of an industry that forces monkeys – removed from their troops, confined for life and often driven mad to be deprived of everything that is natural and important to them – to climb trees and picking up coconuts. Most, if not all, of these animals are illegally captured from the forest as babies. Please visit to watch the undercover video footage.

More than 33,000 other stores, including Target, have decided to stop buying Chaokoh products.

We hope you will act quickly to remove cruelty-sourced coconut products from your shelves. Can we hear from you soon?

Sincerely yours,

Ingrid Newkirk