Is Kopi Luwak Coffee Cruel To Animals?
Kopi Luwak as you may know, is a type of coffee bean that is harvested from the feces of the Asian Palm Civet, a small animal native to South East Asia. This coffee is a luxury good that sells for around $300 per pound.
Kopi Luwak has been around since the early days of coffee production in these parts, but it has only been of recent that these beans have been marketed and sold as a luxury good.
The coffee was originally gathered and processed by coffee pickers who were prohibited from harvesting coffee for their own use, but along the way this product became a novelty item. Some clever marketing type had managed to turn crap in to gold.
But Kopi Luwak coffee also has it detractors. A general consensus within the industry is that it just tastes bad, is of questionable authenticity, and that the process involves the cruel process of catching , caging and abusing wild animals.
According to PETA, “the civets are typically snatched from their homes and life in the wild to be imprisoned alone in tiny, barren cages. They’re deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, including freedom, exercise, space, even real food. ”
Apparently the animals bite at the cage bars, turn in circles, and go insane from being imprisoned with no escape.
In captivity, the civets are just fed bins full of coffee berries, far more than they would ever eat naturally which leads to nutrient deficiencies and causes the animals to lose their fur. The coffee these poor animals produce is labeled as “wild sourced” which is simply fraud.
PETA has a campaign where you can send a form to Amazon, in hopes that it will discourage the company from selling Kopi Luwak coffee.
There is also a Facebook page that is trying to draw attention to the subject as well.