A sad harvest
July 3, 2020 11:41 AM   Subscribe

This post was deleted for the following reason: The Thai coconut industry, and the role of macaques and changes in that over time, seems like an interesting subject for a post, but per some of the comments below I think that post could have more depth and currency in its sources and more care in the phrasing used. Maybe give this another go tomorrow? -- cortex

"Enslaved" may not be the best way to put this. It's not a word used in the article.
posted by Wetterschneider at 11:46 AM on July 3 [2 favorites]

I'm sorry, I did think it was a word used in the article. I will double check that. Mods will you remove that word?
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 11:52 AM on July 3

Here is where I saw it in the article. It actually refers to monkey slavery so I felt like I could use the word enslave. "Animal-aware people are increasingly avoiding coconut products that come from monkey slavery,"
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 11:53 AM on July 3

Note this article is from 2015. Also contains many quotes from people saying the monkeys are not abused; not sure the article supports your framing of "kidnapped" or "enslaved".

Here's Atlas Obscura's take. And here's an article from yesterday: British Supermarket Stops Selling Coconut Products Allegedly Harvested by Thai Monkey Slaves. This action after a PETA campaign.
posted by Nelson at 11:55 AM on July 3

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