Monkey slaves found picking fruit so stressed they’re chewing off own limbs

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A troop of monkeys allegedly enslaved on a fruit picking farm are so stressed they’re chewing their own limbs off, animal cruelty charity PETA has claimed.

Monkeys are reportedly being used to harvest coconut milk, cream and water, on slave farms in Thailand.

PETA claims the monkeys are being confined to cages and chained to old tyres by night and "forced" to pick coconuts by day.

One coconut farmer reportedly told the organisation the monkeys are "terrified" and try to defend themselves from handlers who sometimes pull their teeth out.

PETA spokeswoman Emily Rice said some video footage even showed the monkeys "chewing their own limbs" in captivity.

In a statement, Ms Rice said: "When not being forced to pick coconuts or perform in circus-style shows for tourists, the animals were kept tethered, chained to old tyres, or confined to cages barely larger than their bodies

"Video footage shows them chewing their own limbs. They can even sometimes have their teeth removed to stop them from defending themselves.

"One coconut farmer confirmed that when monkeys are terrified and try to defend themselves, handlers may have their teeth pulled out."

The organisation said it visited eight farms where monkeys are forced to pick coconuts.

According to PETA, there are also monkey-training facilities and coconut-picking competitions to get the animals up to speed with production.

Ms Rice said monkeys are usually captured in the wild as babies before being put in cages so small that they "can barely turn around."

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The Thai government has denied monkey labour within the coconut industry as "almost non-existent," PETA said.

Last year, Thailand produced more than 806,000 tonnes of coconut and exported coconut milk worth nearly $400 million, it has been reported.

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