MUMBAI, INDIA - MAY 7, 2007: Monkeys - The Common Marmoset - one of the rare species of monkeys at the NIRRH, the only place in India to have them. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
HelloFresh Is Under Fire For Allegedly Using Monkey Labor
By Arianna Endicott
Coconuts are big business, including ones that are harvested in Thailand and eventually find their way into HelloFresh kits. However, there is a major ethical concern tied to how these coconuts get into the HelloFresh box.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has accused HelloFresh of taking part in the abuse of monkeys in Thailand to obtain coconut milk, reports CBS News. PETA alleges that monkeys at 57 different locations in Thailand are chained, whipped, and beaten while they are trained to pick coconuts.
HelloFresh denied that it was aware of any animal abuse, stating that it had written confirmation from suppliers ensuring no monkey labor was used for any product. PETA's investigation found that the suppliers still used monkeys to harvest coconuts, and PETA is calling on HelloFresh to cut ties with Thailand coconut milk suppliers until the animal labor ends.