A comic inspired partly by Douglas Dewar's essay 'A Naturalist in a Railway Train', and partly by true incidents, that appears in my column with Saevus magazine this month. I am sure every Indian birdwatcher who has taken a train journey will relate.
Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee is yet another Asian fad that is detrimental to conservation. Wild civets are captured, subjected to inhuman treatment and force-feeding, only to increase yields. Among the acts that go unnoticed, are killing and stuffing civets for the sake of advertisement, as is a common practice in food markets in Vietnam that sell Kopi Luwak.
(A stuffed palm civet used to advertise a brand of Civet Coffee, labelled as 'Weasel Coffee'. Benh Thanh Street Food Market, Saigon). Indonesia and Vietnam are Kopi Luwak hubs.