For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Miami – On Wednesday, PETA’s “monkey” mascots will dump hundreds of humanely picked coconuts outside the Publix on First Avenue in response to the supermarket chain’s continued sale of Chaokoh coconut milk even after two PETA Asia undercover investigations revealed that the brand forces monkeys—who are kept caged and chained for life—to pick coconuts.
When: Wednesday, December 22, 12 noon
Where: 911 S.W. First Ave., Miami
The “monkeys” previously dumped coconuts outside Publix’s Lakeland corporate office, an Orlando Publix store, and the home of Publix CEO Todd Jones—and the coconuts will keep coming until the company joins the more than 33,000 stores that have banned coconut milk brands tied to monkey labor.
“Every can of Chaokoh on Publix’s shelves represents the misery of a chained-up monkey,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is bringing the message home to Publix’s CEO that it’s nuts to condone forced monkey labor.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.