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Cheeky monkey interrupts birthday party, runs away with cake

– The funny video of the monkey stealing the cake was filmed in India

– In the video, the family could be heard singing happy birthday songs before the daring monkey ruined the occasion

– The monkey then sprang into view before picking up the cake with both hands

– It then ran up a tree as family members laughed hysterically

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Monkeys are known to be very cheeky animals. One monkey decided that a birthday celebration had to come to an end by stealing the cake.

The daring monkey attacked just when a member of the family had just cut the cake while others were singing a birthday song.

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According to Daily Mail reports, the heartbreaking moment was filmed in India.

From the video, the family members were enjoying the moment before the monkey sneaked up on them and run away with the whole cake.

Cheeky monkey interrupts birthday party, runs away with cake

The cheeky monkey stole grabbed the whole week and run up a tree. Photo: UGC.
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It grabbed the sumptuous cake with both hands and run with it up the tree.

From the video, people could be heard laughing as they watched the monkey helplessly.

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Monkey Runs Away With Cake Amid Anniversary Celebrations, Watch Hilarious Video

From a monkey pulling off a robbery at an ATM to a monkey wearing a ‘face mask’, hilarious videos of the animal have entertained netizens several times. Recently, another video of a monkey interrupting a ‘wedding anniversary’ celebration by stealing the cake has left internet users in splits. Shared on July 9 by IFS Officer Susanta Nanda, the clip shows a monkey running away with the most important part of the celebration, the cake. 

The short-clip shows a group celebrating an anniversary in a forested area. A man can be seen cutting a cake which is kept on a rock. As soon as the man cuts a slice of the cake, a monkey appears at the scene, grabs the cake and runs away with it. While everyone seemed to be enjoying, the ‘mischievous’ monkey, in a blink of an eye, steals the cake and runs up a tree, leaving the group shocked. 

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Monkey charged ‘jungle tax’ 

Since shared, the hilarious video has been viewed over 29,000 times. With nearly 3,000 likes and several comments, netizens couldn’t stop laughing. While one internet user called the monkey ‘cultured’ as it waited for the ‘ceremonial piece’ to be cut, others wrote that the monkey was charging a ‘jungle tax’. A Twitter user said, “Decent monkey, waited till he cuts the cake”. Another added, “He is the official host of this anniversary party. After all, Jungle belongs to animals”. 

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Funny Video: Monkey in India Interrupts Birthday, Steals Chocolate Cake

This is the hilarious moment a monkey steals an entire birthday cake from under the noses of a celebrating family.

The daring monkey pounced just after a member of the family had cut a slice of the cake while relatives sang Happy Birthday.

In the video, which was filmed in India, the family can be heard singing before the monkey sneaks up to them, steals the cake and then runs with it up a tree.

The video first emerged in December last year but was re-posted on Twitter on Thursday.

The footage begins with the sound of a woman singing happy birthday as a man in front of her cuts into the chocolate cake.

Just as he begins to pick the slice up, the monkey looms into view and grabs the cake with both hands.

It also bites into it and carries it away as members of the family scream out in shock. 

The monkey then clambers quickly up a nearby tree, prompting one person below to start laughing hysterically.  

Since being re-posted earlier today, the video has garnered more than 1,800 likes and 300 retweets on Twitter.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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How ‘Inherit the Wind’ and the Scopes Monkey Trial predicted our coronavirus summer

Spencer Tracy and Fredric March in Stanley Kramer’s 1960 classic Inherit the Wind. (Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection)

delaying blockbuster movies, closing theme parks and scrambling travel plans. Even as infection rates rise around the country, and leading medical experts, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, issue dire warnings about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, a significant segment of the country’s population continues to challenge the science of the pandemic. Some of those challenges have come from struggling businesses like movie theaters, while others are rooted in claims that scientists’ recommendations clash with personal and religious freedoms. Churches are particularly eager to open their doors — and have been aided by President Trump, who declared them to be providing “essential services” in May — even as mounting evidence indicates that they’ve been a source of new coronavirus cases. The conflict between religious freedom and scientific fact has since played out in courtrooms around the country as churches have sued to reopen in the face of stringent medical guidelines.

March, Gene Kelly, Dick York and Tracy on the set of Inherit the Wind. (Photo: Everett Collection)

2005 timeline published by NPR lays out, as soon as the Tennessee Legislature passed the Butler Act in March 1925, the nascent ACLU — which had been founded five years previously — made it known that it was eager to challenge the law in state court. Town leaders within the economically challenged Dayton, including businessman George Rappleyea, decided to seize the national spotlight offered by a blockbuster court case. Scopes, a popular football coach and substitute biology teacher, agreed to be their handpicked defendant, and instructed his students to testify in front of a grand jury that he had taught them evolution in a classroom setting. An indictment was handed down on May 25, by which point Bryan and Darrow had already announced their presence at the impending trial. ” data-reactid=”57″>Interestingly, the central difference between the Scopes Monkey Trial and its dramatized counterpart is the extent to which many in Dayton were aware that they were participating in a kind of show business production. As a 2005 timeline published by NPR lays out, as soon as the Tennessee Legislature passed the Butler Act in March 1925, the nascent ACLU — which had been founded five years previously — made it known that it was eager to challenge the law in state court. Town leaders within the economically challenged Dayton, including businessman George Rappleyea, decided to seize the national spotlight offered by a blockbuster court case. Scopes, a popular football coach and substitute biology teacher, agreed to be their handpicked defendant, and instructed his students to testify in front of a grand jury that he had taught them evolution in a classroom setting. An indictment was handed down on May 25, by which point Bryan and Darrow had already announced their presence at the impending trial. 

John Scopes was the key figure in the Scopes Monkey Trial after violating Tennessee’s Butler Act by teaching evolution in school. (Photo: Everett Collection)

movie house newsreels. In that way, the Scopes Monkey Trial was one of America’s first court cases to be tried in the emerging mass media, and both Bryan and Darrow were cognizant of playing to an audience beyond the judge, jury and courtroom. Before the trial began, Bryan described it with the kind of hyperbole later reserved for the Super Bowl or a Marvel Studios blockbuster: “The contest between evolution and Christianity is a duel to the death. It has been in the past a death struggle in the darkness. From this time on it will be a death grapple in the light. If evolution wins in Dayton, Christianity goes — not suddenly, of course, but gradually — for the two cannot stand together. They are as antagonistic as light and darkness, as good and evil.” ” data-reactid=”80″>As July 10 approached, Dayton saw its fortunes rise as Rappleyea hoped they would. In addition to the legal teams, the town was flooded with religious revivalists, get-rich-quick opportunists, eager onlookers and newspaper journalists. The trial was also broadcast live on the radio, and film cameras captured footage outside the courthouse for movie house newsreels. In that way, the Scopes Monkey Trial was one of America’s first court cases to be tried in the emerging mass media, and both Bryan and Darrow were cognizant of playing to an audience beyond the judge, jury and courtroom. Before the trial began, Bryan described it with the kind of hyperbole later reserved for the Super Bowl or a Marvel Studios blockbuster: “The contest between evolution and Christianity is a duel to the death. It has been in the past a death struggle in the darkness. From this time on it will be a death grapple in the light. If evolution wins in Dayton, Christianity goes — not suddenly, of course, but gradually — for the two cannot stand together. They are as antagonistic as light and darkness, as good and evil.” 

reportedly wrote on his Facebook page. “One of those principles is that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That image is seen the most by our face. I will not wear a mask.” Other protesters have embraced the anger displayed by the anti-Darwin townspeople who march through Inherit the Wind as they have wrecked mask displays in Target stores or engaged in furious public outbursts.” data-reactid=”81″>Echoes of those words can be heard among certain present-day critics of preventive measures like mask wearing, who couch their objections in grandiose religiosity. “This is the greatest nation on earth founded on Judeo-Christian Principles,” Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale reportedly wrote on his Facebook page. “One of those principles is that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That image is seen the most by our face. I will not wear a mask.” Other protesters have embraced the anger displayed by the anti-Darwin townspeople who march through Inherit the Wind as they have wrecked mask displays in Target stores or engaged in furious public outbursts.

thousands reportedly watched as Darrow studiously dismantled Bryan’s bluster. After a spirited exchange about the exact date of the great flood described in Genesis, Bryan famously declared in tortured testimony: “I do not think about things I don’t think about.” Ever quick on the uptake, Darrow replied, “Do you think about things you do think about?” and set off waves of laughter in the crowd. (Not surprisingly, that is one historical exchange that is repeated almost verbatim in the movie.)” data-reactid=”83″>Despite Bryan’s rhetoric, the actual courtroom drama fell short of biblical proportions, at least at first. As the trial unfolded, Darrow repeatedly butted heads with Judge Raulston, who overruled his attempts to call expert witnesses, as well as his motion to have the Butler Act declared unconstitutional. On the penultimate day, though, Darrow called Bryan himself to the stand on the grounds that he self-identified as an expert on the Bible, and the ensuing cross-examination proved the fireworks many were hoping for. Due to the stifling heat, the matchup of legal minds took place outdoors, and thousands reportedly watched as Darrow studiously dismantled Bryan’s bluster. After a spirited exchange about the exact date of the great flood described in Genesis, Bryan famously declared in tortured testimony: “I do not think about things I don’t think about.” Ever quick on the uptake, Darrow replied, “Do you think about things you do think about?” and set off waves of laughter in the crowd. (Not surprisingly, that is one historical exchange that is repeated almost verbatim in the movie.)

Clarence Darrow cross-examines William Jennings Bryan in Dayton, Tenn., in the most famous moment of the Scopes Monkey Trial. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Hillsboro Courthouse became the Hill Valley Courthouse where Marty McFly traveled back to the future in Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 comedy classic.)” data-reactid=”104″>As written for the stage by Lawrence and Lee and adapted for the screen by Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith, Inherit the Wind (which takes its title from a biblical verse) follows the same slow build toward the climactic showdown between its two acting titans. The film opens with a minute-and-a-half long crane shot that starts on the steps of the Hillsboro Courthouse before pulling back to reveal a town square that’s empty save for a small group of men en route to the high school where Bert Cates is about to start his fateful lesson. A dirge-like rendition of “Give Me That Old Time Religion” — one of two Gospel spirituals that are heard regularly in the film, often in a menacing key — contributes to the foreboding mood. (Fun fact: A quarter century after Inherit the Wind, the Hillsboro Courthouse became the Hill Valley Courthouse where Marty McFly traveled back to the future in Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 comedy classic.)

The opening scene of Inherit the Wind. (Photo: MGM/Amazon)

Unlike Scopes, it turns out that Cates is acting of his own accord in teaching Darwin to his students. “I’m not trying to prove anything — all I want to do is teach my students that man just wasn’t planted here like a geranium in a flowerpot,” he tells his fiancée, Rachel (Donna Anderson), the daughter of the town’s religious leader, the Rev. Jeremiah Brown (Claude Akins), who is the most vocal proponent of prosecuting Cates, even in the face of national scorn. “Heaven has chosen us to show the way, to light the road for others,” Brown argues, to the glee of his devoted followers and the skepticism of a handful of prominent citizens. 

message movies” like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. But Kramer always saw social and political commentary as a natural extension of filmmaking. “The motion picture maker, whether he likes it or not, is thrust very much into the political arena these days,” he remarked in an audio interview included on a Dinner DVD featurette.  ” data-reactid=”126″>Reframing the origins of the Scopes Trial as a clash between an intolerant community and a lone progressive voice in the wilderness complemented Kramer’s own interests as a storyteller. Eight years earlier, he produced the Gary Cooper classic High Noon, which embedded an explicit critique of McCarthyism in the context of a traditional Western. Kramer’s four directorial efforts that preceded Inherit the Wind also wrestled with era-defining social issues. They included 1958’s The Defiant Ones, which starred Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier as escaped convicts on the run in the segregated Deep South, and 1959’s On the Beach, an unnerving depiction of a post-nuclear-apocalypse Earth. With a few notable exceptions, he continued in that vein for the rest of his career, to the point where he was criticized for churning out middlebrow “message movies” like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. But Kramer always saw social and political commentary as a natural extension of filmmaking. “The motion picture maker, whether he likes it or not, is thrust very much into the political arena these days,” he remarked in an audio interview included on a Dinner DVD featurette.  

From left: Kelly, Donna Anderson, York, Stanley Kramer and Tracy on the set of Inherit the Wind. (Photo: Everett Collection)

tells him he’s a man who’s standing still while the country around him has moved on or, more accurately, evolved. He’s able to divert attention from that at first by playing to his followers’ prejudices about small-town values trumping big-city elites and using the media as both a megaphone and a punching bag. “The attacks upon me stem from a vociferous minority, which happens to control the press,” he says at one point, a more elegantly phrased version of an attack that’s frequently heard emanating from the White House now. (The press is represented in the film by Gene Kelly’s grinning journalist, in a rare dramatic turn for the movie musical icon.) Brady’s place in the world is fully revealed in his final scene: After the verdict has been read and the trial adjourned, he prepares to deliver another sermon, only to be drowned out by the cacophony. In a subtle inversion of the film’s opening shot, Kramer pulls the camera back above the crowded courtroom as people mill about in a swirl of constant motion, all while March remains painfully, tragically in place. ” data-reactid=”148″>Even as March matches Tracy in intensity throughout the film, Brady never really stands a chance in their battle of wits, as his friend-turned-foe Drummond tells him he’s a man who’s standing still while the country around him has moved on or, more accurately, evolved. He’s able to divert attention from that at first by playing to his followers’ prejudices about small-town values trumping big-city elites and using the media as both a megaphone and a punching bag. “The attacks upon me stem from a vociferous minority, which happens to control the press,” he says at one point, a more elegantly phrased version of an attack that’s frequently heard emanating from the White House now. (The press is represented in the film by Gene Kelly’s grinning journalist, in a rare dramatic turn for the movie musical icon.) Brady’s place in the world is fully revealed in his final scene: After the verdict has been read and the trial adjourned, he prepares to deliver another sermon, only to be drowned out by the cacophony. In a subtle inversion of the film’s opening shot, Kramer pulls the camera back above the crowded courtroom as people mill about in a swirl of constant motion, all while March remains painfully, tragically in place. 

request that the jury find Scopes guilty — announces immediate plans to appeal the decision. Two years later, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the Butler Act but overturned the Scopes verdict, preventing the case from going to the U.S. Supreme Court. Still, the larger verdict was in: Even as two additional states, Mississippi and Arkansas, moved to ban the teaching of evolution, 22 others rejected similar bills as public opinion shifted firmly in favor of Darwin’s inclusion in school curriculums.” data-reactid=”150″>In another departure from the historical record, Brady collapses and dies immediately following the guilty verdict, whereas Bryan passed away in his sleep five days later. Meanwhile, Drummond, like Darrow — who used his closing speech to request that the jury find Scopes guilty — announces immediate plans to appeal the decision. Two years later, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the Butler Act but overturned the Scopes verdict, preventing the case from going to the U.S. Supreme Court. Still, the larger verdict was in: Even as two additional states, Mississippi and Arkansas, moved to ban the teaching of evolution, 22 others rejected similar bills as public opinion shifted firmly in favor of Darwin’s inclusion in school curriculums.

Amazon, has since been remade three times, most recently as a 1999 made-for-TV movie with Jack Lemmon as Drummond and George C. Scott playing Brady.” data-reactid=”151″>In 1967 — the same year that Kramer directed Tracy in his final film role in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner — Tennessee officially repealed the Butler Act, and the Supreme Court followed by striking down Arkansas’s version of the law one year later. Darrow died in 1938, but Scopes lived to see both Inherit the Wind and the overturning of the Butler Act, dying in October 1970. Kramer’s film, which is currently streaming on Amazon, has since been remade three times, most recently as a 1999 made-for-TV movie with Jack Lemmon as Drummond and George C. Scott playing Brady.

New Jersey, Oregon and Michigan. In late May, the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the California case in a closely watched 5-4 decision. But rising infection rates through June and July have already led states to roll back reopening plans or stay the course with existing restrictions recommended by medical experts. That opens the door to additional cases, which have a chance of reaching the ideologically divided court again in the coming months.” data-reactid=”152″>Ninety-five years after America’s Scopes-dominated summer, church-filed lawsuits challenging coronavirus measures have made headlines in states like California, New Jersey, Oregon and Michigan. In late May, the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the California case in a closely watched 5-4 decision. But rising infection rates through June and July have already led states to roll back reopening plans or stay the course with existing restrictions recommended by medical experts. That opens the door to additional cases, which have a chance of reaching the ideologically divided court again in the coming months.

wrote a dissenting opinion claiming that the state’s current policy “indisputably discriminates against religion.” The administration has made its allegiance clear as well. On June 23, Trump spoke in front of a largely mask-free audience at a megachurch in Phoenix, Ariz., one of the states where infection rates have soared. Employing Brady-like sentiments, he blamed “the fake news people” for overhyping the virus, and promising — despite all evidence to the contrary — that “it’s going away.” To borrow a line from Drummond, though, science can’t be wished away by standing still.” data-reactid=”153″>Following the California decision, Trump-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion claiming that the state’s current policy “indisputably discriminates against religion.” The administration has made its allegiance clear as well. On June 23, Trump spoke in front of a largely mask-free audience at a megachurch in Phoenix, Ariz., one of the states where infection rates have soared. Employing Brady-like sentiments, he blamed “the fake news people” for overhyping the virus, and promising — despite all evidence to the contrary — that “it’s going away.” To borrow a line from Drummond, though, science can’t be wished away by standing still.

CDC’s and WHO’s resource guides. ” data-reactid=”163″>For the latest coronavirus news and updates, follow along at https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC’s and WHO’s resource guides. 

Amazon.” data-reactid=”178″>Inherit the Wind is currently streaming on Amazon.

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WATCH: Man Cuts a Slice, But Monkey Gets Away with His Anniversary Cake

WATCH: Man Cuts a Slice, But Monkey Gets Away with His Anniversary Cake © Provided by News18 WATCH: Man Cuts a Slice, But Monkey Gets Away with His Anniversary Cake

Remember that story of two cats fighting over a cake and a monkey eating it all to settle the dispute all for once? The story seems to have come true with slight modifications. The monkey, in a viral video, is seen running away with a chocolate cake.

The video, shared by Indian Forest Official Susanta Nanda, shows a man cutting a chocolate cake on his wedding anniversary. The chocolate cake is placed on a rock and as the man picks up the slice of cake, a monkey comes from behind and runs away with the cake. By the end of the short clip, it swiftly climbs a tree with the cake.

The funny video has been captioned as, “Celebrating wedding anniversary in Forest is an experience altogether….Surprises guaranteed”.

The clip on Twitter alone has been viewed over 27,000 times and has been liked by more than 2700 users.

As expected, the clip made Twitterati laugh out loud. Many users shared quite a few monkey theories too in the reply section. A user said, “Monkey: I don’t care If you invite me or not. Once I enter , everything should be under my control”, another one wrote, “He is the official host of this anniversary party. After all Jungle belongs to animals.”

One person in a seemingly witty tone tweeted, “Decent monkey , waited till he cuts the cake”

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Monkey attacks farmer in Biliran

TACLOBAN CITY –  A large monkey reportedly attacked a farmer in Biliran province, a police report reaching here on Friday, July 10, said.

According to Maripipi Municipal Police, farmer Jeffrey Rosario, 34, and a resident of Barangay Olog in Maripipi town, was wounded after he tried to drive away a monkey that was pillaging his farm.

The police said the farmer thought the monkey would back down, but it, instead, attacked him. And after a brief scuffle, the animal ran away.

Rosario emerged with bites and scratches in different parts of the body after the encounter with the monkey, and was taken to the Rural Health Unit for treatment. 

Maripipi Mayor Joseph Caingcoy, told reporters that there have been complaints coming from farmers in his town about monkeys taking their harvest from their farms.

However, Caingcoy noted that it was the first time that a monkey attacked anyone in the municipality.

He theorized that the monkeys may have become aggressive, and have resorted to pillaging farmlands because they have lost their own sources of food in the forests.

Caingcoy explained that forest clearings being done by farmers to give way to more land that could be utilized for food production may have also damaged the wildlife habitat, including sources of food, of animals in the forests.    

“The monkeys could have been deprived of their daily sustenance, and were hungry due to the forest destruction, that was why they had to venture into the farms to look for food,” he said.

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Hunt on for monkey killer in Palm Beach

Mpenjati Conservancy is looking for information on the poisoning of four monkeys in Houston Drive in Palm Beach.

The poisoning of any animal is a criminal offence and the community is asked to provide information that could lead to the culprit.

Tracy Rowles of Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre said the incident was brought to their attention and they were very concerned.

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“Poisoning of wildlife or any animal can have far reaching environmental consequences and if anyone consumes a poisoned monkey they could die,” she said.

Further investigation showed that the monkeys had in fact been poisoned and two of them were still alive and had to be taken to the vet to be euthanised.

The unfortunate aspect of this case is that two of the dead monkeys had been thrown into the bush by the domestic worker who works on the property.

It now appears that the dead monkeys have been picked up for consumption which could cause further problems.

A case had been opened with SAPS as it is a crime to poison wildlife and that also includes domestic animals and birds.

The Mpenjati Conservancy is looking for any information on this case.

One may remain anonymous. Contact the conservancy at 067 769 444 or [email protected]

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‘Slave monkey’ scandal forces rethink of coconut trade

A monkey picks coconuts at the Khlong Noi Monkey Training School in Muang district, Surat Thani province, in October last year. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A monkey picks coconuts at the Khlong Noi Monkey Training School in Muang district, Surat Thani province, in October last year. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Thailand, the world’s top producer of coconut milk, said it will enable retailers and consumers to trace coconuts back to their source to show whether monkeys have been used for harvesting.

The $400-million industry, which relies on monkeys at some plantations, is facing possible boycotts in the US, Europe and Australia after the People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as Peta, alleged that monkeys are being abused and “treated like coconut picking machines” for Thai growers and producers.

Officials from the country’s commerce ministry, animal welfare agency, and representatives from the industry met in Bangkok on Wednesday, and have agreed to create measures that ensure the traceability of Thai coconut products, according to a statement. Packages will be marked with a code that can be used to track the products back to their source, which will show whether they came from monkey-free plantations.

The Peta report caused waves across the world, with several British supermarkets saying it will stop selling some Thai coconut products, according to local media reports. A major Thai producer also said it’s receiving inquiries from US and Australian retailers. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, also weighed in, issuing a series of tweets urging stores to boycott products using monkeys.

Peta alleges that an undercover investigation at eight farms and several monkey training schools revealed “shocking abuse” where “monkeys are chained, confined to cramped cages, and forced to climb trees and pick coconuts.” The organisation called on the Thai government to ban the “enslavement of monkeys.”

Still, not all coconut plantations in Thailand use monkeys. Some coconuts that are harvested for its water are often grown from dwarf trees, allowing them to be collected by humans using tools like a long bamboo stick or a pole pruner. Coconut trees that are harvested for milk tend to be taller than 15m, so monkeys are often used instead.

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“We have to understand that climbing tall trees for humans is a very dangerous job that could end in injury or death,” said Somjai Saekow of the First Monkey School, a training center for coconut-collecting monkeys in southern Thailand. “It would be great if we can find an alternative way to collect coconuts. Many of us will be happy to change.”

Other coconut-growing regions, such as Brazil, Colombia and Hawaii, harvest coconuts using methods such as tractor-mounted hydraulic elevators, humans, ropes or ladders, Peta said.

Using monkeys to collect coconuts is an old tradition that may need to change with time even if very few growers still practice it, according to Naris Khamnurak, a lawmaker from southern Thailand, the biggest coconut-growing area.

Thailand’s two major coconut producers that Peta alleges are using monkey labour denied the claims. Theppadungporn Coconut Co, the maker of Chaokoh coconut milk, said that the company buys coconuts from plantations that use humans to harvest, adding that retailers abroad have been contacting the company on this issue. Thai Agri Foods, the maker of Aroy-D coconut milk, said its products aren’t sourced from plantations that use monkeys.

Thailand is among the world’s biggest producers of coconuts, producing about 1.3 million tons of each year. It exports a range of products, from fresh and desiccated coconuts to coconut milk and oil. The Peta campaign has affected sales in the UK, as well as other European countries, Thai Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said.

On the Thai measures to improve traceability, Peta responded on Thursday by saying that while the new system is welcome, it requires companies to be forthright.

“Peta and every kind consumer looks forward to seeing a Thai coconut industry that leaves monkeys alone,” Jason Baker, the group’s senior vice-president of International Campaigns, said.

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Here’s your exclusive first look at Patti Smith’s The Year of the Monkey expanded paperback edition

Patti Smith‘s poetic novel, The Year of the Monkey, transported readers from the shores of central California, across the desert landscapes and even to a Kentucky farm — and now it’s coming to paperback. EW is exclusively revealing the brand new cover, which features a photograph of the writer and musician, as well as an excerpt from the paperback edition’s brand new material.” data-reactid=”12″>Patti Smith‘s poetic novel, The Year of the Monkey, transported readers from the shores of central California, across the desert landscapes and even to a Kentucky farm — and now it’s coming to paperback. EW is exclusively revealing the brand new cover, which features a photograph of the writer and musician, as well as an excerpt from the paperback edition’s brand new material.

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The Year of the Monkey has long past, and we have entered a new decade, one that has so far played out with mounting challenges and a systemic nausea, though not necessarily induced by illness or motion. More of a psychic nausea that we are obliged to work off in every way available. Though harboring hopeful dispatches, the new year has unfolded with our personal and global concerns eclipsed by a profound lack of judgment.

We greet 2020 as our constitutional moral center is being redesigned in an increasingly immoral way, governed by those professing to have a hold on Christian values yet sidestepping the core of Christianity — to love one another. Their necks turn from the suffering as they willingly follow one lacking an authentic responsiveness to a waning human condition. I had hoped for a more enlightened scenario for our new decade, imagining ceremonial panels opening, as the wings of great altarpieces on feast days, revealing 2020 as the year of perfect vision. Perhaps these expectations were naïve and yet were truly felt, just as the anguish of inequity is felt, a dark blot that will not go away.

Where is brightness? Where is prudent justice? we ask, standing our ground with mental plow, burdened with the task to stay balanced in these unbalanced times.

There is a saying in the canons of lunar astrology that the Monkey needs the Rat. I’m not sure in what capacity, though some say that Rats are able to cheer Monkeys up when they’re feeling down, for when together the air is filled with laughter. Of course, we are speaking not only of the species themselves but also of certain inherent qualities of those born in the year of either augury. In any event, we are, at this very moment, entering the lunar Year of the Metal Rat, to be vastly celebrated in our great cities, especially those containing magnificent Chinatowns, with massive displays of fireworks, sacred lion dances, and confetti and multicolored tinsel floating from the sky. Festivities to be capped with a parade on February 10, as the full snow moon rises, with floats and dragons and effigies of the year’s namesake. In an abstract gesture of solidarity, I dig into a box of old records and unearth Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats. The girl on the cover, rising from a deserted swimming pool, is Miss Christine, the fragile Victorian beauty of Girls Together Outrageously, known as the GTOs.

Hot Rats came out at the end of 1969. At the time, I was living with Robert Mapplethorpe at the Chelsea Hotel, and we often talked with her in the lobby. She was an ethereal being, with a mane even wilder than mine and skin like peach fuzz. Somewhere in early 1970, Miss Christine petitioned me to join her revolutionary band, and though it wasn’t the right vocation for me, I was flattered. Shaking her slender hand, I had the impression I was facing a delicate bird of prey. That was over half a century ago, which is hard to fathom, for I can still picture her wide-eyed and soft-spoken, head cocked, a pirate’s fair daughter who never saw twenty-three. With a nod to Zappa’s young protégée, I slip the record from the sleeve and examine it carefully, discovering it covered with tiny scratches, like the claw prints of a circling band of rats.

A turntable spins straight back through time. I place the album jacket on my desk, temporarily obscuring a small Tenniel print of Alice conversing with the Dodo. Propped next to that is a birthday gift from a dear friend, an upright crystal rat washed in gold that I have christened Ratty. He will preside over my room as my lunar talisman. For that’s how it works; we look to the rising Metal Rat with unguarded optimism, for each new year begins with its designated lunar creature, with its particular armor and distinctive personality, and the integral belief that things will soon be better.

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Retailers nix coconut milk from suppliers using monkey labor

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Retailers including Walgreens, Giant Food, Food Lion, Stop & Shop and Hannaford are among the U.S. grocery brands vowing not to stock or sell coconut products from Thai suppliers that use monkeys as labor.

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The moves came in the wake of claims this week by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which said an undercover probe of eight Thai farms found monkeys were abused, chained, confined to cramped cages and made to gather as many as 1,000 coconuts a day. 

The coconuts picked by the monkeys are used in coconut milk and other products sold by major brands like Chaokoh and Aroy-D, according to PETA. 

Ahold Delhaize on Monday made the commitment on behalf of its 2,000 stores and distribution centers in the U.S. and 889 shops in the Netherlands. The Dutch company’s brands in America include Giant Food, Food Lion and Stop & Shop.

“Ahold Delhaize and its local brands are proud to be recognized by PETA for our commitment to not sell coconut products that exploit monkeys,” emailed a spokesperson for the multinational chain. 

Cost Plus World Market, owned by Bed Bath & Beyond, also banned Chaokoh coconut milk from its 276 U.S. stores after the brand’s supplier was identified by PETA, according to the animal rights group. The retailer, however, did not return a request for comment.

In the U.K., at least four retailers also pledged to clear its suppliers of potential monkey abusers, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds also weighed in on the issue on social media, calling on other supermarkets to follow suit.

“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,” Symonds tweeted.

“Walgreens Boots Alliance has committed to not stock Aroy-D, Chaokoh, and not knowingly sell any owned brand of coconut food and drink products of Thai origin in their stores in the U.K., U.S. and Thailand,” a spokesperson for the retailer emailed. The commitment is an easy one, as its 9,277 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in the U.S. never stocked the objectionable products, she added.

Representatives for Theppadungporn Coconut Co., the maker of Chaokoh coconut milk, and Thai Agri Foods, the maker of Aroy-D coconut milk, did not immediately return requests for comment.