Farmed fish from Thailand rely on those seafood slaves to catch their diet of cheap fish, which are also used to produce a great deal of America’s major pet food brands. Costco is accused of making false claims about the role of slavery in its own supply chain.
“Human suffering cannot be ignored to enhance a company’s economic bottom line,” the plaintiff’s lawyer Niall McCarthy, of Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy LLP
, said in a statement. “California consumers are unknowingly supporting slave labor.”
A spokesman for Costco downplayed its contributions to the slave labor-reliant industry, stating that the company was working closely with Thailand’s government “to address the issues that have surfaced” over the past year.”