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First Vegetarian School in Nation Visits Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Date:6/15/2013

Saugerties, NY (PRWEB) June 15, 2013

No Mystery Meat Here!

PS 244 in Queens, NY recently made headlines around the world when it became the first public school in the country to serve exclusively vegetarian meals for both breakfast and lunch. Now on June 19th, while children around the U.S. eat chicken nuggets in their school cafeterias, fifty third graders from PS 244 will hold chickens in their laps at the Saugerties-based Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS), one of the nation’s leading havens for farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect.

Like many urban children, most of the PS 244 students have never seen live farm animals, let alone lain in the straw with 800-pound pigs. But on June 19, they will spend “up close and personal” time with animals that most kids experience only as menu items like ribs, nuggets, drumsticks, and bacon. The children will enjoy a unique tour of CAS that includes holding chickens and turkeys in their laps, snuggling with pigs, and hugging a 2,000-pound steer named Tucker. They will also enjoy hayrides and eat lunch prepared by the sanctuary’s vegan chef.

PS 244 is one of hundreds of schools to have visited Catskill Animal Sanctuary since its founding a decade ago. Through its educational programs, including a children’s camp and a vegan cooking program, CAS changes both human and animal lives. “Helping people in their journey toward vegetarianism saves more animals than all sanctuaries combined could ever save,” explains Kathy Stevens, founder and director of CAS
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