Exploring the Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Wolf Recovery


There is probably no activity that does more damage to our public lands and wildlife than livestock production. From the destruction of riparian areas, pollution of water, killing of predators, social displacement of native ungulates, and more, nothing has a greater negative ecological impact than animal agriculture.

On March 27, 2021, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted a webinar and an in-depth discussion with the Catskill Animal Sanctuary about the imapact the livestock industry has on wolf recovery and the environment. The WCC discussed the history of wolf and livestock interactions in the United States, the current challenges facing wolf recovery, and how people can better support animal welfare and the environment with their personal choices. Viewers also enjoyed live footage of the WCC’s gray wolves and CAS’ rescued farmed animals.

The Wolf Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves, the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 150-acre refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley for 11 species of farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect and abandonment. Over the years, thousands have come to this place of profound peace. They continue to come — sometimes one needy soul, sometimes a flock of 100 or more at a time. It is our privilege to help each and every rescued animal understand what love feels like.

If we’ve learned anything from them, it’s the life-altering truth that, in the ways that matter, we are all the same. Animals are as individual as us, want their lives as much as we want ours, and experience the same emotions as we do. Pain, suffering and fear feel no different to a pig than they do a human being.

For more information about wolves and the WCC’s participation in wolf recovery, please visit www.nywolf.org and follow the WCC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nywolforg​​) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/nywolforg​​), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wolfconservationcenter)​, and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/wolfconservationcenter)


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