Monkeys refused Tesco's leftover food - Abercrave Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is told, "there's very little left"
AN ape and monkey sanctuary in the Upper Swansea Valley has been left "bitterly disappointed" after being told by Tesco that it could not help feed the animals with leftover food.
The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Abercrave has revealed the fact following news that the supermarket giant announced it generated almost 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first six months of the year.
When the registered charity approached Tesco following the opening of a new store in Ystradgynlais two years ago they were told it would not be possible to help.
A letter said: "In reality we have very little food left at the end of the day, as much of the surplus stock is reduced to clear. Because we do not have regular or predictable levels of waste, unfortunately it simply is not viable for us to donate our food waste at a local level in the way you suggest."
Jan Garen, who runs the sanctuary with her husband Graham, said: "We are extremely disappointed at the lack of support shown by Tesco, especially as the store which opened two years ago is so close to the Sanctuary and to the Coop who have supported us with food for more than 10 years.
"Our animals eat close to £500 worth of food per day and without donations of the 'waste' the food bill is increasing. We now depend heavily on several trips to Cardiff Market every week, which adds to the fuel bill for the vehicle."
She added: "When we first opened, the Tesco at Neath Abbey and the Safeway at Neath used to give food daily so we know what level of waste can be generated and that it is normally perfectly edible for our animals."
Tesco had not responded at the time of going to press.