Macaque Mural in Thailand- Wonderland

 

This piece is part of a world mural tour to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. Pig-tailed macaques are used in coconut farming. They are intentionally bred and trained often with punishment to harvest coconuts. Unfortunately, the monkeys are always tethered to their handler and are not living their natural life. 

Unfortunately, I got a chance to witness and see for myself monkey at work. It was heartbreaking to see him on a chain climbing the palms and twisting the coconuts with his bare hands. The whole process seemed very tiring even to watch.

Monkeys don’t have to be used in coconut farms. Humans can perform this task, either by climbing the trees themselves or using long sticks. This is what is being done at Wonderland Healing Centre, where this mural is painted. 

 

 

Make a conscious effort by sticking to only those brands which are not tested on animals. Below is a list of companies that DO NOT Use Monkeys AND are Fair-Trade. You can also aid to various non-profit agencies like the Israeli Primate Sanctuary, one of the most renowned primate-conservation societies. 

Choose your coconut products wisely.

Maison Orphee

Naked Coconuts

Native Pacific “Banaban” (Queensland)

Nutiva

Ojio (Ultimate Superfoods)

Sanso-Boeki LLC (Japan)

So Delicious

Silk

Spectrum Organics

Trader Joe’s

Tropical Traditions

Vita Coco

Amy & Brian

Daiya

3 Buddhas Coconut Water

Alaffia
Aunt Patty’s

Ayam

Artisana Organics
Better Body Foods

Big Tree Farms

Califia Farms

Carrington Farms

Coconut Bliss

Coconut Magic (Australia)

Coconut Secret
Dr. Bronner’s

Earth Circle Organics

Earth Conscious

Harmless Harvest

La Tourangelle Artisan Oils

If there is a particular brand that you are unsure about, feel free to email or call them to ask how their coconuts are sourced. 

 

This post is not sponsored. List was sourced from Animal Place