Jon Stewart’s larger than life on-screen personality notoriously captured the attention of a youth-audience, using comedy to successfully introduce politics to a previously disengaged crowd. In April, his audience was thoroughly disappointed to learn that Jon would be stepping down from the Daily Show to retire into the cozy roll of New Jersey family man. Still, Jon continues to be applauded by a dedicated fan base that recently caught wind of his newly purchased farm in New Jersey, which he and his wife are planning to use as an animal sanctuary to permanently house rescued farm animals.
The Stewarts are notorious animal rights advocates. Jon has a history of devoting Daily Show segments to the cause, and Tracey is a former veterinary technician whose first book, Do Unto Animals, will be published by Artisan Books in October.
In a recent Daily Show episode, Jon interviewed Gene Bauer, founder of Farm Sanctuary, an organization that aims to guard animals from human cruelty, as well as promote a more symbiotic social relationship between humans and animals. The Stewarts are currently teaming up with the organization to create their own safe haven for farm animals. This is in addition to their already impressive list of rescued animals over the years, including, “four dogs, two pigs, two hamsters, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one parrot and two fish,” according to USA Today. The Stewarts hope to pass these ideals on to their children, with Tracey claiming “promises of animal shelter visits in exchange for completed homework are the norm in the Stewart household.”
In a press release, Tracey states, “the joy of interacting with animals as friends instead of using them for human consumption is life-changing. A trip to Farm Sanctuary should be on everyone’s to-do list, but you can also bring a little bit of the sanctuary home when you sponsor an animal through the Adopt a Farm Animal Program.” Farm Sanctuary also named two sheep after Jon and Tracey to award their efforts in the realm of animal rights.
Whether Jon has any other big retirement plans in the works is still unclear, but he’s certainly off to an admirable start.