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Caging Coffee-pooping Cats

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NOTW heard of kopi luwak in 1993 — coffee beans sold as gourmet because they'd been swallowed by certain Asian civet cats and recovered from feces and washed. Since then, as Internet news of kopi luwak has spread, it's no longer obscure, and in April, environmental-activist website MongaBay.com warned that, based on increased demand, civet "farms" had sprung up in Indonesia, where civets were caged their entire lives solely for access to their poop. While none of the main kopi luwak civet species is formally "endangered," activists warned populations are dwindling for, said one, "the most ridiculous threat … to any wildlife I have seen yet."

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