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Thai monkey trainer rejects PETA claims on coconut harvesting

By Chayut Setboonsarng

 

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Nirun Wongwanich, 52, a monkey trainer, sits next to a monkey during a training session at a monkey school for coconut harvest in Surat Thani province, Thailand July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A monkey trainer in southern Thailand said on Saturday that few monkeys are involved in harvesting coconuts for export, disputing an activist report which has caused several British supermarkets to ban coconut products from the country.

 

Nirun Wongwanich, 52, who trains monkeys to fetch coconuts at a "monkey school" in the province of Surat Thani, said most coconuts used for export are harvested by humans with poles.

 

Only a few farms in the south use monkeys for taller coconut trees, he said, denying accusations of cruelty.

 

"There is no truth to that. I have been with monkeys for over 30 years ... I have a bond, a relationship with them," Nirun told Reuters, adding that he trains six to seven monkeys a year.

 

Earlier this month several British retailers pulled Thai coconut products from their shelves after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleged that coconuts in Thailand are picked by abused monkeys.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's fiancée Carrie Symonds called on other supermarkets to follow suit. "Glad Waitrose, Co-op, Boots & Ocado <OCDO.L> have vowed not to sell products that use monkey labour, while Morrisons <MRW.L> has already removed these from its stores," she tweeted.

 

PETA has said it believes virtually all coconuts from Thailand are picked by monkeys.

 

However, Thailand's government has denied the PETA report, saying the use of monkey labour is "almost non-existent".

 

Mananya Thaiset, Thai deputy minister of agriculture, said Thailand’s 200,000 coconut growers overwhelmingly use human labour and machines for harvesting.

 

"Even all the monkeys in the entire forest won't be enough for the industry," Mananya said.

 

A PETA official on Saturday rejected the Thai arguments.

 

"The industry's efforts to side-track the issue with a count of the number of farms and monkeys ... only shows the world they are trying to do more of the same – keep monkeys in chains," PETA Asia official Nirali Shah said.

 

Thailand last year produced more than 806,000 tons of coconut from 1,243.7 square kilometres (480.2 square miles), government data shows. It exported coconut milk worth 12.3 billion baht ($396 million), about 8% to Britain.

 

(Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and James Drummond)

 

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Just now, Phuketshrew said:

Am I missing something here? Countries like the UK use and exploit animals in all sorts of ways. From horse and dog racing to donkey rides on the beach. From fox hunting hounds to animals used for testing and research of drugs and cosmetics. From rearing animals to slaughter and serve on the table. How is using monkeys to harvest coconuts any worse?  

PETA has been there; done that!

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Seems You can say anything these days. Show us some Video Proof  taken by the Man next Door. I sit here having supported the Cruelty for 25 years according to her. . Well Miss La De Da, all ive seen is  Funny little Monkies that makes our Dogs behave, a social morning when folks come round, a few Beers when finished.Perhaps i should Film the next visit n send it to the Sun. No use sending it to  Giggle Nickers shes in Spain now enjoying a Bull Fight with Fiona and Prunella.

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7 minutes ago, DirtyHarry55 said:

Hi there Monkeys are also being used in Thailand for vaccines you know.
From the article below.
"Suvit said he was informed by Chulalongkorn University's Chula Vaccine Research Centre and the National Research Council of Thailand that the second round of testing of the mRNA vaccine on monkeys on June 22 yielded a satisfactory result."

This isn't about the Monkeys being used for working but about them being Chained up and being MISS TREATED.

and if that's the case everyone should deplore it and not defend it.
Saying that I've personally not seen monkies being used to pick Coconuts where I live they use very long Bamboo sticks with a hook on them.
I have seen them on the back of trucks full of Coconuts in the South but didn't notice if they were Chained up. Just saying.

Is Thailand the ONLY country using animals to experiment on? Whats makes these coconut plucking monkeys so exciting?

Obviously, it is because of monkey business!

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16 minutes ago, DirtyHarry55 said:

Hi there Monkeys are also being used in Thailand for vaccines you know.
From the article below.
"Suvit said he was informed by Chulalongkorn University's Chula Vaccine Research Centre and the National Research Council of Thailand that the second round of testing of the mRNA vaccine on monkeys on June 22 yielded a satisfactory result."

This isn't about the Monkeys being used for working but about them being Chained up and being MISS TREATED.

and if that's the case everyone should deplore it and not defend it.
Saying that I've personally not seen monkies being used to pick Coconuts where I live they use very long Bamboo sticks with a hook on them.
I have seen them on the back of trucks full of Coconuts in the South but didn't notice if they were Chained up. Just saying.

Never seen them Chained either. Never seen one run away. At the Traffic Lights they swig water like Me.

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1 hour ago, simon43 said:

Sounds like Yinn hit a raw nerve with you.......

Hardly.

 

Just sick of her constant deflection posts and lack of condemnation of anything Thai.

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