Harrods Makes Humane Choice on Civet Coffee

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Iconic department store Harrods has withdrawn kopi luwak coffee from its stores after revelations about the trade’s cruel treatment of animals and the widespread mislabelling of coffee beans as “wild-sourced”, when they may in fact have come from caged animals.

Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is made from coffee berries that have been eaten and then excreted by Asian palm civets. It’s a truly bizarre phenomenon – and truly horrible for the animals involved, who are often captured from the wild, kept in tiny cages and forced to eat unnatural amounts of the ripe berries.

This welcome decision by Harrods comes just weeks after these shocking welfare conditions came to light as a result of reports in The Guardian and on the BBC, pressure from animal protection groups and undercover video footage released by PETA Asia-Pacific.

While our friends over at PETA US are campaigning to get Amazon.com to drop the crappy coffee, thousands of concerned people in the UK have pledged that they would never buy this perverse product. If you haven’t already, sign the pledge and let us know if you spot any retailers with kopi luwak on their shelves.

Here in the UK, please also take action against another long-established department store which has so far failed to ditch a product proved to be cruel – send a message to Fortnum & Mason asking it to stop selling unethical foie gras made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of force-fed geese.

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  • Dot Pleydell commented on October 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Well done Harrods

  • Marilyn Cocking commented on October 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I back you 100 per cent .

  • susan clark commented on October 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you Harrods.

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on October 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Good news!

  • maureen msrtin commented on October 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Geat news Harrods.

  • Vicki Pope commented on October 21, 2013 at 4:01 am

    And yet they still sell fur coats…..

  • elissa commented on October 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Thank you Harrods for your sensibility.

  • Cathy Whiten commented on October 21, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Good!! But come on Harrods, GET RID OF FURS!!!!

  • Jeannet Bertelink commented on November 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I love you Harrods

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