Peta denounces making of civet coffee
ANIMAL-RIGHTS group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has organised a boycott of Indonesia's kopi luwak, or civet coffee, saying that animal abuse was part and parcel of the production of the coffee beans.
Peta said at a press conference that most of the civets producing the famous coffee, which unroasted can fetch US$200 (S$248) per kg, were confined to cages and subjected to cruel, unnatural treatment. Civet coffee beans are produced by civets eating and excreting the beans.
"Although unappetising, drinking coffee made from beans that were plucked from faeces isn't the most revolting aspect of civet coffee," Mr Jason Baker, Peta's vice-president of international operations, said.
Peta had conducted a three-month-long investigation in the Philippines and Indonesia, where it found caged civets exhibiting severely distressed behaviour, such as incessant pacing, spinning around, chewing on bars and head-wobbling.
THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK