Many of you probably know Jon Stewart from “The Daily Show” however, you many not know what he has done after he stepped down as the host.
The comedian decided to open a sanctuary for abused factory farm animals, which is called Bufflehead Farm, as an attempt to be the change that he wishes to see in the world.
Jon, along with his wife Tracey, recently announced that they are to become part of Farm Sanctuary’s network of animal safe havens.
“We’re getting married! Farm Sanctuary and us, we’re getting married,” Tracey informed a star-studded crowd at the annual Farm Sanctuary gala in New York City.“We bought a farm in New Jersey with the intention of starting a farm sanctuary of our own with an educational center, but what I’m announcing tonight is that our farm is actually going to be the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary. We’re going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement.”
The sanctuary, located in Middletown, New Jersey, encompasses 12 acres and will soon be home to dozens of cows, sheep, turkeys, pigs and other animals that were rescued from factory farms.
Jon, who has always been an advocate of animal welfare, even called out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on ‘The Daily Show’ for his refusal to sign a bill that would end the confinement of pigs within crates that are too small for them to even turn around.
Tracey, having the same conviction as her husband, recently published a book on the topic.
The Mother Nature Network reported,
“The project has long been a dream for Tracey Stewart, an animal advocate and former veterinary technician, who has tirelessly worked to promote a plant-based lifestyle, animal welfare issues, and support for organizations like Farm Sanctuary.
Her new book “Do Unto Animals” (currently the No. 1 bestseller in animal husbandry on Amazon) offers more than 300 pages of beautiful illustrations and promises to give readers “insights into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.”
“If everyone did a bit more, if they fell in love a little bit more, so much could happen,” Tracey Stewart told The New York Times. “It doesn’t have to be going vegan. You can advocate for them. You can show tenderness. You can play music for them. I really hope people can connect with animals the way most of us did as children.”
Jon and Tracey, along with their two children, were honored by Farm Sanctuary at the awards ceremony held by the same organization.
“I’m a little uncomfortable. I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of Washington politics and the media landscape, so I don’t know how to deal necessarily with people who have empathy,” Stewart told the all-vegan banquet at The Plaza Hotel in New York.
The Stewarts are held in high regard to me. Instead of just sitting around and talking about what should be done they took action and are starting their groundwork to see their beliefs become reality.