Over the years, the comedian and his wife have rescued pigs, horses, fish, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and more.
Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart was not always so fond of animals. But after meeting his wife, his love for animals changed so much that he joined her in opening up a farm that gives abused animals a second chance.
"I was so angry at animals until I met Tracey," Stewart previously told CBS News. "And she said, 'no, they're quite pleasant.'"
Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, announced that they were converting their own 12-acre estate in Middletown, New Jersey into an animal sanctuary where the first residents were four rescued pigs. The couple joined hands with Farm Sanctuary in 2015 and let their 12-acre farm be the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit that works for the welfare of animals.
At an event announcing their work with Farm Sanctuary, Stewart explained he was being the "wingman" to his wife's wonderful efforts and was more than happy to be by her side throughout the journey.
"I am truly just a passenger on this journey. I am honored to be the wingman," said Stewart, according to NJ.com. "Now I'm going to let her speak, because I think you'll all enjoy watching her cry."
Tracey then took over and spoke about the non-profit at the same event in 2015 and said, "I do feel like what Farm Sanctuary does is, they do rescue and sanctuary of animals and then without realizing it they also do rescue and sanctuary of people."
She then announced that she and her comedian husband were pooling in their efforts to rescue animals that needed the extra hand. "We’re getting married! Farm Sanctuary and us, we’re getting married,” Tracey announced with her husband by her side, according to PEOPLE. "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."
In 2016, the couple bought another farm, the 45-acre Hockhockson Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and turned that into an animal sanctuary as well. Although the approval took a while, the couple couldn't be happier when it finally came in and said it was worth the long wait.
"It's one of those things like where after you give birth you forget about the pain. So right now I'm feeling really good and positive," Tracey told NJ.com back then.
While Stewart was a much-loved host on The Daily Show and made millions of people laugh, he would also touch upon animal cruelty and once remarked it's "harder to eat meat when you know the animal’s name." He did not hesitate to challenge famous celebrities when it came to the subject of animals; he once defended pit bulls when Sarah Palin made disapproving comments about them, and he also locked heads with Liam Neeson over horse-drawn carriages and noted how cruel they were to the gentle creatures.
Over the years, Stewart and Tracey have rescued pigs, horses, fish, dogs rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, according to PETA.
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