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Summer Must-Read: Animal Camp by Kathy Stevens

The following article was written by Jen O’Connor.

In 2001, Kathy Stevens bought a decrepit upstate New York farm and founded the Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS). Today, CAS is home to about 200 residents, and approximately 2,500 others have come through its doors. Although some animals make CAS their home for life, the sanctuary does adopt animals out to carefully vetted homes.

Stevens’ new book, Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, is filled with heartbreaking and heart-warming stories of animals who have been brought back from the brink of death, such as Noah, pictured below, and went on to lead happy, fulfilled lives.

Stevens unapologetically and unequivocally demands of the reader who is moved by her book (and it’s impossible not to be moved) to go vegan. She uses plain language to get the point across and even throws in a few recipes. The premise of the book is to tell a rescue story; offer a description of the pig, sheep, turkey, or goat who was rescued; detail a bit about the factory farming involved in getting others of those animals to a plate; and then ask, “How can you still eat ham, wings, breasts, etc.?”

Noah Before Noah After

I really enjoyed this book, and I appreciated Stevens’ compelling, inarguable support for veganism. If you’re looking for an inspiring and heartwarming summer read, this book is definitely worth reading!

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