Kopi Luwak is coffee made from the digested, partially fermented beans expelled from the Asian Palm Civet’s digestive tract. The wild cats choose the ripest, reddest coffee berries, but the whole thing is not digested. The resultant faeces are washed and the beans are then turned into coffee.
BBC undercover reporters have witnessed battery-style conditions, animals in cramped cages and a severely injured civet cat, contradicting the “wild” claims marketed to consumers. After viewing secretly recorded footage of caged civet cats, Dr Neil D’Cruze, of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, said they appeared “absolutely depressed and miserable”. He continued: “These wild animals have behaviours they need and want to express. The cages are completely barren, they’re filthy, there’s nowhere to climb.”
TONY WILD introduced the coffee to the world, and he is so upset by what has happened to the animals he hasd a campaign to stop the industry he inadvertently spawned!
The naturally shy and solitary nocturnal civets suffer greatly from the stress of being caged in proximity to other luwaks, and the unnatural emphasis on coffee cherries in their diet causes other health problems too; they fight among themselves, gnaw off their own legs, start passing blood in their stools, and frequently die.
Wild luwaks – the trapping of whom is supposed to be strictly controlled in Indonesia – are caught by poachers, caged and force-fed coffee cherries for the pleasure of the thousands who have been conned into buying this “incredibly rare” and very expensive “luxury” coffee. (BBC, NYTimes, Wiki)
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION – You can make a difference
Ask the Indonesian government to place regulations on the treatment of wild Asian palm civets and ban the inhumane production of civet coffee!
The very popular and expensive Indonesian civet coffee is still being produced despite proof of inhumane conditions.
There are currently no regulations in place on how to treat these animals, and farmers will often feed them to death with no concern for their health or living conditions.
Demand that the Indonesian government acknowledge this catastrophe and vow to end the cruel production of civet coffee!