Dear audiences,

This website is established to raise awareness of civet coffee consumers on civet conservation problems, as well as civet welfare and zoonotic diseases that might associate with civet (coffee) farms in Vietnam. 

For a decade, wild civets have been captured, hunted and snared to sustain civet (coffee) farms and wild meat restaurants. Many species e.g., Owston’s Civet, Large-spotted Civet, Binturong are threatened to extinction due to overexploitation, hunting and trapping for illegal wildlife trade, part of that is to supply civet farms. All civet species in Vietnam are globally threatened.

Wild civets are often injured seriously by traps/snares when sending to the farms, where they are caged in unhygienic conditions and small spaces. They are weak and malnourished due to lack of suitable food and forced to eat coffee i.e., civets are left hungry the whole day so that they could eat more coffee fruits and produce better civet coffee. The main consumers of civet coffee in Vietnam are tourists from different parts of the world, including America, Europe, Russia, Korea, Japan, etc. and wealthy people in Southeast Asia.

Civet meat is one of the most popular wild meat consumed in Vietnam, Laos and China. Civet farms are legal in Vietnam, however, there are no clear methods guided on how to raise them in captivity and no biosecurity standards. Many civets have died due to poisons and malnourishment from consuming too many coffee fruits. 

In 2020, we conducted surveys among 57 civet farms in Lam Dong and Dak Lak province in Vietnam, more than 50% restocked wild civets to supply their farms, which affect the wild civet populations. Among these civets, Owston’s Civet is classified as Endangered, Binturong as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List were found in those farms. Binturong has not been detected in Vietnam’s forests for decades but was found in farms. 

Since the husbandry conditions are poor, the animals are in an immuno-compromised stage and vulnerable to zoonosis, which could transfer to humans and cause thousands of dead, e.g., SARS, MERS, etc. The mortality rate was high among these farms, seven farms surveyed closed because all their civets died due to unknown diseases

Civet coffee: delicacy or detriment?

Farmed civets are often force-fed to produce as much coffee as possible

Farms and quality control are often unregulated. Regular coffee beans are often mixed with civet coffee and sold to unknowing consumers

High profitability of coffee comes at a cost of lifetime suffering for farmed animals

Civet farms: a nightmare for welfare

Most farms do not and cannot provide animals with their natural diet, and access to clean water is extremely limited

Inadequate hygiene conditions and lack of proper medicines make civet farms a lurking potential source of the next pandemic

Cramped battery caging is detrimental to the mental and physical health of civets, which are solitary animals by nature.

“Cage-free” farms often do not guarantee 100% “cage-free” operation

Wildlife impact of civet coffee

Civets and other animals are either directly taken from the wild or illegally traded.

All civet species in Vietnam are globally threatened

Threatened animals, even those that do not produce coffee, are taken as well, pushing them one step closer to extinction

Our Work in Lam Dong and Dak Lak

Between June and December 2020, we surveyed 57 civet farms at Lam Dong and Dak Lak, two of the most intensive civet coffee farming provinces in Vietnam.

⅓ of surveyed farms have other animals than civets, including threatened species

>200 civets at one farm died at once due to disease

<1m2 is the average size of an enclosure for each civet, comparing to their natural home range of hundreds of hectares

Less than 20% of surveyed farms vaccinated the civets

Who we are?

Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is a wildlife conservation non-profit organisation in Vietnam that was founded on the critical need for more effective solutions to secure a future for Vietnam’s wildlife. After 7 years of operation, we have rescued thousands of animals from the illegal wildlife trade, and successfully rehabilitated and reintroduced hundreds of them to the wild.


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