Help Save Civets from the Cruel Coffee Trade

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The increasing demand for Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world, is driving the illegal and inhumane civet trade. These wild omnivores are being captured from the forest and then kept in cages and fed almost exclusively coffee cherries. With their poor living conditions, the civets endure mental and physical stress, which eventually leads to illness and death. These animals are almost all wild caught and now disappearing from the forest. Help save civets from this appalling trade.

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Civets are being captured from the wild and caged in order to produce Kopi Luwak. A cup of this "civet poop coffee" costs $30-$100 per cup and $100-$600 per lb. These prices are justified by the claim that the coffee is sourced from wild animals which is extremely tedious to do. However, these claims are false. The global demand for the exotic coffee has led to inhumane civet farms and it is estimated that 500 tons is produced annually.


Wildlife Alliance has been working since 2001 to end the trade of wildlife in Cambodia and throughout Southeast Asia. Since then, over 200 civets have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. However, the international demand remains high and continued efforts are needed to ensure the long-term survival of civets in the region. $2,000 will go towards the investigation of trade networks and the rescue and transportation of animals.

Long-Term Impact

We are seeing civets begin to disappear throughout their range at increasing rates in the forest. These shy animals don't get the same media coverage that some larger mammals get, so this project will not only support on the ground efforts to prevent their extinction, but also help raise awareness about the horrors of supporting this inhumane coffee production.


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Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team

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Wildlife Alliance

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jessica Knierim
Development Associate
New York, New York United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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