Just when you thought we couldn't love Jon anymore, he and his wife end up rescuing abused animals and provide them with a safe haven.
Jon Stewart has been one of the most recognized TV show hosts and comedians out there -- sure we all know him from his Daily Show that ran from 1999 to 2015.
Jon has been in the news for many reasons - be it fighting to get justice for firefighters and servicemen who became sick as a result of 9/11 and even his recent angry, emotional speech to Congress. But did you know, he is also one of those few celebrities who owns a 12-acre farm to shelter abused animals?
It all happened in 2015 when Jon and his wife, Tracey Stewart decided to buy a sprawling farm in New Jersey -- and for a very good reason. The power couple have got the green light to turn the farm area into an animal rescue and education center. As reported ny New York Times.
And as expected, the application process, which first started in April 2016, took longer than expected as many local residents complained about noise and traffic in the area. But their motive behind saving animals got the vote of approval from the community.
The few animals to take up shelter in the farm sanctuary were two piglets, named Anna and Maybelle. They were rescued from a swine factory when they fell off the cargo loader during transfer. Jon has also rescued many during the time including two goats, a bull and loads of pigs among other animals!
Just when you thought we couldn't love Jon anymore, he and his wife end up rescuing abused animals and provide them with a safe haven. And if you are a Jon Stewart fan, you would know the couple is animal rights activists. As reported by Peta.
Tracey has even written a book titled: “Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better,” which focuses on living respectfully with many animals, like dogs, goats, and spiders.
Although Stewart used to consume meat quite regularly, Tracey has been a vegan for the longest time. “While I don’t eat animals, my husband does, and due to our mixed marriage, we have decided to present both diets to the kids and let them come to their own decision about how and what they want to eat,” Ms. Stewart wrote in her book.
Later, Jon had also turned into a vegetarian which was quite surprising for Tracey. “I know! It’s recent! It’s all happening! He’s nervous about saying it publicly because he doesn’t want to mess up. But he really is trying to figure out what vegetarian foods he likes, and I’m helping him with that."
Will never forget the bright light Jon Stewart shined on the dark world of farm animal abuse via The Daily Show. pic.twitter.com/EQCwz1YeIJ— Paul Shapiro (@PaulHShapiro) February 11, 2015
“I’ll say to him, ‘Oh, you’re my new, sexy vegetarian boyfriend. Do you want to go to the vegan restaurant for lunch?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah!’” she added.
Ever since Jon announced his retirement, he has dedicated most of his time caring for abused and neglected animals. One of those moments that prompted Jon to start the farm sanctuary was when he knew about 2 goats roaming the tracks of the New York subway. Following this, Jon took them to a safe place and transported them to the New York Farm Sanctuary site.