HelloFresh uses coconut milk obtained from monkey labor in Thailand, according to allegations by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is calling for a boycott of the food delivery service.
A PETA Asia investigation alleges that monkeys are chained, whipped, beaten and forced to take coconuts for long periods of time. According to findings released on Monday, 57 operations in Thailand’s nine provinces have been accused of animal abuse.
In a statement to CBS Moneywatch, HelloFresh said that the company receives written assurances from its suppliers that its coconuts are not purchased using monkeys.
“HelloFresh strongly condemns any use of monkey labor in our supply chain, and we take a strict position not to purchase or sell coconut products from suppliers that have been found to use monkey labor. We have tested all of our suppliers. have confirmed – in the US and globally – that they are not involved in these practices.”
According to the animal rights group, brokers at HelloFresh’s coconut milk suppliers showed PETA the monkeys, chained to scattered patches of dirt and areas flooded with car tires, which followed their investigation. Video footage was also published. ,
According to the animal-welfare group, most monkeys are abducted from their families in nature, even though the species that are exploited by the coconut trade are threatened or endangered.
“The monkeys are chained around their necks and forced to work hard day in and day out for HelloFresh and other companies,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman claimed in an emailed statement on Monday. ” “PETA is calling on everyone, including HelloFresh, to stop buying canned coconut milk from Thailand, unless the funds are used and misused 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.
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 any packaged coconut milk products manufactured in Thailand because of their abuse claims. In 2020 the group achieved such commitment,