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CAT POOP COFFEE, AKA 'KOPI LUWAK'
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."
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)
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.
Demand that the Indonesian government acknowledge this catastrophe and vow to end the cruel production of civet coffee!