Tell Travel Companies to Stop Promoting Cruel Civet Coffee Trade
Across Asia, caged wild civets are being kept in appalling conditions to produce the world’s most expensive coffee - "kopi luwak".
The infamous coffee - also known as "cat poop coffee" - is made from coffee beans excreted by civet cats. Campaigners and animal lovers have long condemned the trade for taking civets from their forest homes and forcing them to live a life of captivity, where they suffer from depression and "zoochosis".
While documenting in Vietnam, we investigated the cruel trade and discovered another disturbing dimension to the industry: unable to cope with captivity, these civets are driven to self-mutilate, and chew their tails down to the near-bone in anxiety and boredom.
The horrific visuals show caged civet cats with painful, raw tails - all so that consumers can have coffee produced from these cats' faeces. Travel companies, including Viator and Expedia, continue to profit from this suffering, with civet coffee tours a popular tourist trend across Asia.
This cruelty must stop now - and so, we’re calling on Expedia and Viator to stop promoting this unnecessary trade that causes civet cats to suffer in agony.
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