Civet Cats Suffer for Kopi Luwak Coffee—Urge These Companies to Act Now

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After hearing that Asian palm civet cats suffer when they’re taken from their homes in nature, shoved into cramped cages, and forced to eat unnatural amounts of coffee berries so that their excrement can be sold as kopi luwak, many businesses made the compassionate decision to pull it from their shelves.

Others, including some distributors in Japan, choose to continue profiting from the animals’ misery for a novelty product that no one needs, despite having heard from PETA Asia about the rampant cruelty in the industry.

Photograph of a wall of bars with a civet cat behind them in the dark, looking at the camera with his nose pressed through two bars. An empty, blue bowl is tipped over under his chin.

PETA Asia investigators visited kopi luwak farms and found disturbing cruelty on every one. Nocturnal civet cats, who naturally fear humans, were confined to small wire cages with no dark place to sleep and were subjected to a constant barrage of unwanted human contact. Their cages were encrusted with feces, rotting berries, and other filth, and they panted incessantly in the heat. Numerous civet cats exhibited signs of extreme psychological distress, including pacing and biting themselves. Investigators saw several with open, bloody wounds, but the animals didn’t appear to receive any veterinary care. At least one appeared to be blind.

The civet cats were fed an unhealthy diet consisting of an excessive amount of coffee berries in order to maximize the farms’ profits. Many were losing their fur because of malnourishment.

Photograph of a caged civet cat in daylight, cowering in the corner of the cage with his head down.

In a message to PETA Asia, one company claimed to sell only “100% wild and ethically sourced kopi luwak coffee.” Kopi luwak sellers commonly make similar claims, but industry insiders told PETA Asia’s investigators that it would be nearly impossible to collect enough wild civet cat excrement to produce the coffee. One producer admitted that they may collect a small amount of beans excreted by free-roaming civet cats, mix it with the beans from caged animals, and misleadingly call the coffee “wild-sourced.” Another told an investigator who was posing as a buyer that he could just label the coffee produced by caged civet cats as “wild.”

It’s Time to Cut the Crap

Kopi luwak isn’t a delicacy—it’s a disgrace. No matter which country you’re in or what assurances you’ve received, please don’t purchase or drink it.

PETA Asia sent these companies evidence that “wild” civet cat coffee is essentially a lie, but they have ignored requests to stop selling it. Please urge them to stop funding cruelty to civet cats by ending the sale of kopi luwak today.

Note: Personalized letters always work best. Feel free to use the sample one provided, but keep in mind that your letter will carry more weight if you write your own customized subject line and message.

Yuuki
Kobayashi
Bliss time coffee
Yutaka
Hattori
Coffee Mail
Takuya
Yamauchi
Ginga coffee
Atsuya
Komori
Café Adachi
Taiga
Kobayashi
COVA's coffee
Akira
Isoyama
Kurashi no Koubin
Naoyuki
Kuge
Sunny Trading Japan
Kensaku
Washimi
EE Filipino
Shinichirou
Baba
KADATUAN KOFFIE JAPAN
Hiroki
Kobayashi
Ikiteiru Coffee
Yuuki
Gotou
Coffee no Oukoku
Kenichi
Takeori
Ease coffee
Mitsuo
Satou
Coffee Tonya
Hakodate Misuzu
Coffee
Hakodate Misuzu Coffee
Kanazawa-ya
Coffee
Kanazawa-ya
Takahisa
Sonoda
mikiya coffee
Yuuichi
Kurata
Tajima-ya Honten; Tajima-ya Odakyu-hyakkaten
Tekkosho
Ichibayashi
Ichibayashi Tekkosho
Hatsumi
Nagashima
Enrichment
Info
Cubic
Cubic
nakameguro
mametora
mametora

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