Monkey slaves are being chained up and forced to work gruelling hours for coconut farmers struggling to meet high vegan milk demands.
The alleged enslavement of the primate population comes as farmers seek out plant-based alternatives to milk so they can turn a profit in a booming market of nut and oat substitutes.
Harvesting hundreds of coconuts in Thailand every day, the monkeys are chained and watched over by handlers hoping they can crack through fruits for hours on end.
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Monkey slave labour was highlighted by animal rights charity Peta, whose three-year-long campaign against the farmers and the shifts they offload onto the animal kingdom seemingly failed to prevent further work.
Instead, farmers yank on ropes tied to the animals to get them to carry out their hours of work, with the animals either stolen from their mothers when only a baby or bred in captivity.
The disgusting and lucrative business has allegedly seen the animals' teeth removed so they stop biting themselves and farmers, The Sun reported.
A Peta report into the chilling animal business read: "Driven to desperation, they pace and circle endlessly on the barren, trash-strewn patches of dirt where they’re chained."
Poachers are targeting any monkeys they can, with two "vulnerable" and "endangered" species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature used in the vegan farming.
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The horrific farming style was spotted by the animal rights charity back in 2019 and it appears the physical labour as well as the lack of social interaction is having a major effect on the animals in captivity.
Thailand's politicians and farmers think otherwise though, and believe the monkeys are fair game for the farm as they point to camels and elephants used in similar fashion.
Government officials claimed coconut-picking is a natural activity for the macaques in farmland captivity, as they are practicing a cultural tradition.
But with that work, Peta argues the oil and milk of some coconut-based products could be partly produced by "slave monkeys", with the charity calling for a boycott on all Thai-made coconut products.
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