Soon to be retired Daily Show host Jon Stewart has reportedly bought a farm in New Jersey. A long supporter of animal rights, Stewart and his wife Tracy are not planning on farming in the typical way. They will not be raising animals for food, instead they plan on having an animal sanctuary for rescued farm animals.
The news was released by Farm Sanctuary an animal advocacy group. Farm Sanctuary has three animal sanctuaries of its own. It rescues factory farm animals from abuse and neglect and gives them a place to spend the rest of their days in comfort and peace. Stewart and his wife have had a relationship with the group for some time. This past Thanksgiving Tracy purchased Adopt a Farm Animal sponsorships for guest. They often take their children to visit the sanctuaries as a treat for completed homework. Tracy, a vegan has written a book Do Unto Animal: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better, due to come out this fall. Some of the proceeds from the book will go to the sanctuary. Co-founder and President Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary even made an appearance on the Daily Show in April, where he discussed how to transition to a vegan diet and the benefits that such a diet could have on the environment and people’s health.
Baur went onto promote his book that he co-authored with Gene Stone (Forks and Knives) Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Stewart praised the book, remarking that it was pragmatic, and how he liked how the book describes making small changes in ones lifestyles, because becoming vegan can be a difficult change for some. When Stewart commented that sometimes vegans, when discussing their lifestyle can come off very strong, Baur said that they are a passionate people. Like his book Baur was gracious as he talked about steps people can take to change the way they eat. Having one vegan meal a week, switching to veggie burgers, eating more fruits, beans, and vegetables. Stewart also praised the work the organization does.
Stewart himself is not a vegan, and admits to enjoying meat, especially corn beef. He does, though want animals to be treated better. He joked with Baur that they need something better than meatless meats for a slogan.
Stewart and his wife buying the farm was inspired by Farm Sanctuary, but the couple already has a little farm of their own with four dogs, two pigs, three rabbits, a parrot, two hamsters, fish, and two guinea pigs. All the animals are rescues.
Farm Sanctuary said they could not give details on the Stewart’s farm, but that they wished more people would be as involved as they are in helping animal, and they encourage people to get involved in helping Farm Sanctuary’s effort to give shelter and provide a voice for animals in need of rescue. As a show of appreciation for all the Stewarts have done for the organization, they named two sheep Jon and Tracy after the couple.
Stewart has talked about his decision to leave the Daily Show, saying that it was not like he thought the show did not work anymore but that he just was not getting the same satisfaction he once did. He discussed his plan for after he leaves and mentioned doing, movies, books, and stand up comedy. Stewart buying a farm was probably not what most of his fans imagined, but he has spoken out about his belief that animals should be treated better, and he and his wife are making an effort to do so, and to inspire others to do the same.
By Jessica Hamel
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