Author and animal activist Tracey Stewart and her husband, comedian Jon Stewart, have opened a 12-acre animal sanctuary in New Jersey.
Jon Stewart, the former host for Comedy Central’s not-so-fake news program The Daily Show, who garnered 11 Emmys for his work, retired earlier this year, handing over the reins to newcomer Trevor Noah. Tracey is a long time animal activist who recently published the semi-memoir Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better. According to Mother Nature Network, the Stewarts have been prepping their sanctuary, Bufflehead Farm, for two years. Now the farm has its first animals.
The farm is currently home to four pigs with four sheep on the way. Right now a visit to the sanctuary is available by reservation only, but the Stewarts hope that it will eventually be open to the public so that school groups, as well as adults, could have the opportunity to connect with animals that they may not get in their day-to-day life.
In late October, the Stewarts were honored at a Farm Sanctuary gala, where Jon joked, “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.”
This is not a fad for the Stewarts: Jon often used The Daily Show to discuss animal welfare issues and Tracey is a former veterinary technician whose book is currently a number one bestseller in animal husbandry on Amazon.
At the Farm Sanctuary gala, Tracey Stewart, who has been involved with Farm Sanctuary since last September, and is currently joining the Board of Directors of the organization, said that it is their hope and goal to build “new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement.”
In addition to their rescues, the Stewarts have a handful of pets according to the New York Times: two horses, two pigs, four dogs, one bird, two fish, and three rabbits. “I’d like people to start to look at animals as individuals,” Tracey told the Times. “We talk about taking in ‘rescue animals.’ But the truth is, just as often, animals rescue us.”
For their awesome humanitarian work, their dedication to the well being and positive treatment of animals, and for their desire to be the change they want to see in the world, we are proud to name Tracey and Jon Stewart our Luminaries of the Week!