The Catskill Animal Sanctuary

By Mike Di Paola - 2013-08-29T20:08:11Z

Photograph by Mike Di Paola/Bloomberg 

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Kathy Stevens

Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, kisses a sheep in Saugerties, New York. "For humanity to move toward a plant-based diet is more than just a good idea," Stevens says. "In my view it has become a necessity."

The former schoolteacher founded the farm 10 years ago as a haven for rescued farm animals, most of them saved from slaughterhouses, hoarders and other miserable conditions.