Jon Stewart’s Post–‘Daily Show’ Life: Farm Animal Savior

In case you needed another reason to love the satirical news host, he has purchased a farm to care for animal rescues.
Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images)
May 2, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

As host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has defended women’s reproductive rights, condemned police brutality, and supported raising the minimum wage—but after his last broadcast, he’ll switch his focus to protecting animals.

Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have purchased a farm in New Jersey with the intention of caring for rescued farm animals.

Animal advocacy group Farm Sanctuary inspired the couple. The group has three locations in the U.S. where it protects animals from factory farms and allows them to live out their lives peacefully. Its president and cofounder, Gene Baur, appeared on The Daily Show in April to talk about transitioning to a plant-based diet.

“[Animals] are our friends, not our food,” Baur said in the interview.

While Stewart has often professed his desire for better treatment of animals, he’s also spoken about his love of eating meat, especially corned beef distributed by angry butchers.

Stewart might be on the fence about giving up trips to the deli, but his wife already lives a vegan lifestyle. Tracey is a longtime animal rights activist. The latest issue of her magazine, Moomah, is dedicated to eating vegan, and her book about how to treat animals well, Do Unto Animals, is set to be released this fall. Tracey was originally inspired to up her efforts after reading Baur’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.

Tracey and her lamb. (Photo: Farm Sanctuary/Facebook)

“The joy of interacting with animals as friends instead of using them for human consumption is life-changing. A trip to Farm Sanctuary should be on everyone’s to-do list,” said Tracey in the organization’s press release.

The Stewart family already has a mixed brood of rescue animals, including, dogs, rabbits, and pigs. For Thanksgiving, Tracey purchased “Adopt a Farm Animal” sponsorships for each of their guests.

In a gesture of thanks for all the two have done and will continue to do to support farm animals, Farm Sanctuary named two sheep Jon and Tracey.