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MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Animal lovers gathered at the Plaza Hotel to raise money for an animal sanctuary.

The expensive wine is flowing but there was no meat, eggs or dairy to be seen.

This is a 100 percent plant-based, four course dinner with pork-less empanadas, meatless beef Wellington and fishless tacos for $500 a plate.

This four course, decadent vegan dinner at the Plaza is all to raise money for Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York.

Many of the people here say if you saw the way farm animals are treated you would never eat meat again.

"Farm animals are individuals with individual feelings," Gene Baur," president of Farm Sanctuary said. "Most people don't really know the way they are treated."

Farm sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly one-thousand rescued farm animals.

The honorees at this gala are Tracey and Jon Stewart. Tracey, a mother of two, can't remember a time in her life when animals weren't super important to her.

"Animals have always rescued me at a time when I needed to be rescued," Tracey Stewart, gala honoree, told PIX11. "They healed me and put me on a path to happiness, particularly in my last year of working at Farm Sanctuary.

Tracey has just written a book, "Do Unto Animals," and is hoping to create a Farm Sanctuary in New Jersey that will be a satellite sister of the original one in upstate New York.

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