LAKELAND, FL. – A protest will be taking place in Lakeland today, and one that will include the dumping of coconuts.
People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) will be visiting the home of Publix CEO Todd Jones at 12 pm today to dump coconuts at his house.
According to a release, PETA’s “monkey” mascots will dump hundreds of humanely picked coconuts outside the Lakeland home of Publix CEO Todd Jones in response to the supermarket chain’s continued sale of Chaokoh brand coconut milk even after two PETA Asia undercover investigations have revealed that Chaokoh forces monkeys—who are kept caged and chained for life—to pick coconuts.
The “monkeys” previously dumped coconuts outside Publix’s Lakeland corporate office and an Orlando Publix store—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,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in a statement. “PETA is bringing the message home to Publix’s CEO that it’s nuts to condone forced monkey labor.”
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