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Govt urged to solve ‘monkey-picked coconuts’ row urgently

By THE NATION

 

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Kriangsak Thepphadungporn

 

Worried about English supermarkets refusing to stock Thai coconut milk, Kriangsak Thepphadungporn, managing director of Ampol Food Processing, a leading agri-product manufacturer and exporter, said the government should clarify the situation before the issue escalates.

 

“Thai coconut products were banned around two years ago, but at a smaller scope with minor impact,” he said. “This time, we must be quick in clarifying this issue before it spreads to other export markets like the European Union, United States and Australia.”

 

Kriangsak said his company and its trade partners had humans pick coconuts as the output was larger.

 

“Normally, monkeys can only pick between 100 and 200 coconuts per day, while humans can use a hooked blade and harvest as many as 2,000 coconuts a day,” he said. “Nowadays people only keep monkeys for shows, and they are usually treated like other household pets.

 

“Therefore, we urge the Commerce and Agriculture and Cooperatives ministries to gather evidence to convince foreign parties that Thais do not abuse monkeys in the coconut harvesting process. Evidence from the authorities will be more credible than what is presented by a private company,” he said.

 

Ampol Food Processing and its affiliates manufacture coconut milk, oil, coconut juice and jelly under the brand “Chao Koh”, with annual sales of Bt8 billion to Bt9 billion.

 

“We export 60 to 70 per cent of our products to the US and Australia, while Europe is responsible for 15 per cent of the company’s exports,” Kriangsak said.

 

Related Story: Ban on monkey-picked coconut products in UK won’t hurt: shippers’ council

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390959

 

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This must be the UK and EU saying up yours to Thailand for banning tourists entering the kingdom. Using monkeys for slave labour, tut tut.

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Methinks he doth protest too much!

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Just pay humans a small salary (even if it is to small to make a decent living) and they cannot be called slaves!!

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18 hours ago, bitterbatter said:

I have watched those monkeys, they are way faster then people.  This isn't for show. And climbing those tall trees in incredibly dangerous. Also it is cheaper.  So if you get rid of the monkeys,  more people will fall, less people will pay to get their trees picked, and more coconuts will fall without warning also creating another danger.  This is pure BS, once again being pushed by leftists who want to regulate away every single freedom they can think of to satisfy their distorted beliefs. 

Everytime we give in to these control freaks, we lose more and more. 

 

Do this and watch the price of coconut products to go up, sales will go down.

And to top it off, if they go down this route, what is the first thing people who own these monkeys will do? 

They lost the money to feed them...  So there is a good chance that they will kill them.  How humane.

If they don't use personal fall protection or proper height access devices when picking coconuts then it is entirely their own and/or their employer's fault.

 

This is the 21st century, using animals for profit especially on an industrial scale is immoral, unethical and just plain wrong.

 

You are not a "leftist" or "control freak" if you understand, the same arguments and insults were used against the abolitionists that opposed the slave trade the 1800's.

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11 minutes ago, Deerculler said:

Mr meeseeks.

All over the world animals are used for profit.

Cows for milk.

Dogs do a variety of work.

Sheep for meat and wool.

And it goes on 

I wish people like would get there heads out of the sand.

None of you have a clue as to what goes on around world.

So stop looking like a fool.

I think the fools are the ones making inane comparisons with other industries and practices to cover up or divert attention from the topic at hand.

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

“Normally, monkeys can only pick between 100 and 200 coconuts per day, while humans can use a hooked blade and harvest as many as 2,000 coconuts a day,” he said. “Nowadays people only keep monkeys for shows, and they are usually treated like other household pets.

 

19 hours ago, webfact said:

“Therefore, we urge the Commerce and Agriculture and Cooperatives ministries to gather evidence to convince foreign parties that Thais do not abuse monkeys in the coconut harvesting process.

He even contradicts himself in the statement.

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Just now, hotchilli said:

 

He even contradicts himself in the statement.

Couldn't lie straight in bed. 

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Some minister from some department or another, only a couple of days ago, said that really, this was an insignificant and minor issue.

If thats the case, why all the Hoo-Haa over it, when there are more urgent and serious problems for the Government to address.

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