Tesco in U-turn over support for Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Abercrave
TOP banana! Monkeys and apes in a Swansea Valley animal sanctuary are to get help with their food bill after all.
The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Abercrave had been “bitterly disappointed” after being told by Tesco that it could not help feed the animals with leftover food.
The news came after the supermarket giant announced it generated almost 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first six months of the year.
Supporters of the sanctuary, which is a registered charity and relies on donations to care for rescued animals from across Europe, condemned the move on Facebook.
Now, however, an agreement has been reached with the Tesco store in nearby Ystradgynlais which will see the sanctuary able to buy food at a greatly reduced price.
A spokesman for the store said they were unaware a request for help had been made and added the store was able to help. He said: “If there is suitable food let over at the end of the day we will look to supply it to the sanctuary at a small charge, which is very cheap, as we would with all customers.
“It’s all part of being part of the community and getting along with our customers, without them we are nothing.”
Jan Garen, who runs the sanctuary with her husband Graham, said: “We and the monkeys are very pleased to be receiving help from Tesco at Ystradgynlais. They charge us only 10 per cent of the normal price and it is only a short distance from the sanctuary.”
Reacting to the news Brenda May Williams said on the sanctuary’s facebook page: “Myself and a few of my friends bombarded their FB page with picture of the monkeys, the kept taking the complaints down, but at least they have listened now. So that's great news.”
Marie Cross said: “Fantastic! That's the best news! Well done Tesco for seeing sense!”
While Sharon Neblett added: “Well done everyone ... the power of social media has forced Tesco to see sense.”