The Prime Minister’s fiancee took to Twitter to urge supermarkets to stop selling coconut products using monkey labour. Ms Symonds said: “Glad Waitrose, Co-op, Boots & Ocado have vowed not to sell products that use monkey labour, while Morrisons has already removed these from its stores.
“Time for ALL supermarkets to do the same. I’m told Asda, Tesco & Sainsbury’s STILL sell such products.”
Ms Symonds’ tweet comes after an investigation by PETA Asia into the abuse of monkeys in Thailand’s coconut industry.
In a later post, Boris Johnson’s fiancee shared the animal charity’s video wrote: “I’ve just been sent this appalling video of a Thai monkey farm.
“Come on @asda, @tesco and @sainsburys: Please tell us you’re NOT selling any products that use monkey slave labour.”
PETA’s investigation found that monkeys are forced to climb trees to pick coconuts used for products by popular brands.
The animals are chained to old tyres and kept in cramped cages with no shelter from the rain when they are not working.
The stressed monkeys pace in circles and shake the bars of the tiny cages.
Many are taken from the wild, where they would live in groups with other monkeys, when they are babies.