Cruel Civet Footage Axed From BBC After PETA Supporter Speaks Out

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When a PETA supporter saw a segment featuring cruelly produced kopi luwak coffee on BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen Best Bites, he jumped into action.

As exposed in PETA Asia’s investigation, to make the inhumane coffee, civets are often captured from the wild and confined to small, barren, filthy cages. They’re deprived of everything that’s essential to their well-being, including exercise and a spacious, natural environment. Kopi luwak coffee is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been eaten and excreted by the shy nocturnal mammals, but the diet they are forced to eat is lacking in vitamins and nutrition, and many of them suffer as a result.

The programme on BBC2 featured celebrity chef Rick Stein feeding a coffee bean to a captive civet cat in Indonesia. As the PETA supporter pointed out, the footage promoted a practice which is harmful to civets.

And good news: The BBC Editorial Complaints Unit upheld his complaint!

The footage gave the impression that the use of captive civet cats in coffee production was uncontroversial, and that their natural diet consisted entirely of coffee beans (a diet which can in fact cause illness and death).

The BBC has agreed not to re-broadcast the segment.

This is a solid achievement for animals and an example of how anyone can speak out and make a difference. Whether it’s kopi luwak, foie gras or fur, if you see anyone promoting animal abuse, please speak out.

For resources that will help you become the best activist possible and give you the information, ideas, literature and practical tips that can help you make the world a better place for animals right now, please visit PETA’s action centre.


  • susan whalley commented on June 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    This should b banned , who ever uses these beans that have been expelled by these poor animals . I hope gets sick

  • Margaret Boyle commented on June 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I see abuse… STOP!!!

  • inge poulsen commented on June 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    i amsosorry

  • Christina Olson commented on June 22, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Stop the cruelty!

  • Joanna krecz commented on June 23, 2015 at 12:44 am

    I just can’t stand how cruel people are ,if I can to stop this I will be very happy Stop cruently for animals !!!!

  • Anna Mcknight commented on June 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Stop this.

  • Denise swift commented on June 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Please stop this cruel act on animals

  • Gill West commented on June 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Hmm, not sure how the Beeb simply not airing the programme will actually help anything ?

  • Diana commented on July 2, 2015 at 7:04 am

    This cruelty is appalling. It needs to be stopped right now and people have to stop buying this “coffee.” When are we humans going to stop exploiting animals for our own greed?

  • Bree commented on July 3, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Kopi Luwak coffee is low grade. Thus meaning that many 3rd wave coffee retailers and roasters world wide would never stock it, let alone bring in any samples, full well knowing that the coffee itself is inferior and terrible.
    The problem thus lies within consumers, people who consider it a “luxury item”.
    If you can find a way to change the branding and let people know what their really buying into, I believe it would help bring forward a solution.

  • Fiona Matheson commented on August 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Jeremy Paxman clearly does not agree with stabbing helpless animals to death as an acceptable form of public entertainment. Nevertheless – he had clearly a ticket for a bull fight – paid by the TV licence payer – to attend an actual bull fight – where healthy animals are speared, tortured (NOT quickly) and killed as public spectacle – for ‘entertainment’. My licence fee paid for him to be there. I kind of ‘got’ that he didn’t enjoy the spectacle – but you – the BBC – USED MY LICENCE FEE TO PAY TO ATTEND AND FILM A BULLFIGHT. So – I object. Absolutely.
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