Middletown, NJ -- In an effort to be the change he wishes to see in the world,
comedian John Stewart, after stepping down as host of "The Daily Show," has
started a sanctuary for abused factory farm animals called Bufflehead Farm.
Jon and wife Tracey announced on Saturday that they will become part of Farm
Sanctuary's network of animal safe havens at the annual Farm Sanctuary gala in
New York City.
"We're getting married! Farm Sanctuary and us, we're getting married," Tracey
told star studded crowd of roughly 500. "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."
Bufflehead Farm, located in Middletown, New Jersey, is a 12-acre non-profit
animal rescue sanctuary owned by Jon and Tracey Stewart, which will soon become
home to dozens of cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys and other animals rescued from
Stewart has consistently been an animal welfare advocate on his show, once
devoting a comedy segment to the foolishness of New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie's refusal to sign a bill that would end the lifelong confinement of
pigs in crates too small for them to turn around.
Tracey Stewart is known for her advocacy on animal rights, recently publishing a
book on the topic.
According to a report by the
Mother Nature Network:
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
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 Stewart, accompanied by his wife and two children, were honored at the
awards ceremony held by Farm Sanctuary, an organization founded in 1986 to
combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and
understanding about farm animals.
"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 consistency of the Stewarts should be applauded. Rather than simply paying
lip service to a cause, they are putting in the groundwork to support their
Similarly to how Morgan Freeman turned his estate into a bee sanctuary, Stewart
has shown that celebrities have the ability to not only motivate others by
raising awareness about issues, but to lay the actual foundation of real world