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Jon Stewart Quits Comedy, Starts Animal Sanctuary to Rescue Abused Factory Farm Animals

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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.

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“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 factory farms.

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.

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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 Sanctuary.

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 espoused beliefs.

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 change.


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  • I wish he would have got behind Bernie an used his influence to save this country…but hey…farm animals are food.

    • Maybe he’s not behind Bernie cause Bernie is a moron?

      Nice guy, I wish what he wants was possible, but it’s not.

  • I miss you Jon, but glad you are happy doing what your doing. PEACE

  • I like this story.

  • I tell my fiancé every day that if we ever got rich or won the lotto we are quitting our jobs and opening a dog and cat rescue.

  • i knew i liked this guy for more than his comical comments on retarded politicians

  • So basically all the factory farm animals

    • Yeah, I’m uncertain how much of a dent 12 acres can make on systemic abuse.

  • I always loved Jon Stewart….now he’s a real stand up guy in my eyes.

  • Animal sanctuary? You sure it’s not a tax sanctuary?

  • Sharon Poteet

  • What is even more amazing, is where did he find a Mrs on the same wavelength?
    Majority of others are far to busy drawing on eyebrows, hitting the sunbeds, doing squats, posing with a Michael Kors watch and a Starbucks cup on Instagram!

  • RIGHT ON MAN U GO FOR IT

  • very cool

  • Wonderful

  • Right on

  • He’s a Hero of all sorts. Are we surprised? (He probably figures that if he focuses on animals, we won’t pressure him into politics.)

  • Margaret

  • Jon Stewart is the coolest!! Trevor Noah has been a better replacement than I ever expected, but I miss my daily dose of Stewart Hope and Optimism….

  • 12 acres??? That’s enough… Not

    • You haven’t the slightest idea how big that is do you?
      You know a whole Mall fits on 12 acres!

    • The rule is 5 acres / head for raising cattle

    • Depending upon the yield of the land…

  • Giselle Gutsens

  • You can’t save em all. I’m hungry

  • Maybe we should all just “go home” and be as kind to everyone and caring for those abused. Get simple, clean house, make sure your neighbors, family and friends have what they need and enjoy your kids.

  • Nick Beau

  • It’s easy to dedicate your life to “something special” if you’ve got your pocket full of money…

    • It’s actually pretty easy to do that even if you’re broke.

  • Respect.

  • ❤️

  • I guess for him cows are more important than humans.

    • Or maybe he figures that cows can’t help themselves, but people will always help themselves once they’re finally convinced things are bad enough to do something about it.

  • Rory xx

  • Kelley Williams

  • I was really hoping he would be helping us fix out broken political system

    • Except, that would take more of us than just one smart, outspoken comedian critic and even the motivated portion of his fan base.

    • He’s a symbol. Something people can gravitate to. But yes I agree.

  • I wonder if they need any people to help with the animals?

  • Bobbi Chapin

  • Rashelle Jones Zelaznik

  • Still don’t like him.

  • A much more worthwhile lifestyle than the rest of the rich and powerful.

  • respect and admiration!!!

  • I would give more praises and hand claps if these were humans he were helping

  • Someone who is ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING RIGHT ABOUT A PROBLEM. NOTE THIS: POLITICIANS

  • God bless you Jon, may you find great pleasure, peace, and happiness in return for the kidness you display for animals. My new heroe.

  • I would love to work with him on this please send me over there

  • Zander Thompson, gotta lick John Stewart a little more now eh

    • If only I knew who he is

    • Hes the american comedian news talk show guy that quite doing his show right b4 the oscars

  • Jossy Sassy-pants

  • WOW….Kudos to Jon Stewart!!

  • Good for you nice thing to do. Miss you on tv. But enjoy

  • Alyssa Skeens

  • John Nord

  • Retirement for high ranking party members is very nice, comrade.

  • 12 acres boy that’s massive one goat, a cow, a couple of chickens??? Smhwtf

  • He’s the man!!

  • And then eat them

  • That’s the best he could do for the world, save cows?

  • That really cool. I still don’t like that America thinks he is a news anchor and not a comedian. I hope he stays out of politics too…we don’t need any more people pandering to the leftist freedom snatchers any more than we need any more right wing idiots trying to stomp out true liberty.

    • Hey stupid Right-Wing nut, we left wingers are going to take over and there’s not a thing you can do about it! Stupid Right-Wing nut jobs like you are history!

    • You don’t read very well do you?

    • You have made a mistake, see the thing about me is that I’m not a leftist and I’m not right wing.

      I’m not a statist at all and that gives me and my minion the edge and in turn as a freedom loving collective of individuals who love and respect each other and each other’s liberties (trust me there are TENS OF MILLIONS of is in the U.S.), we have an option that leftist pussies don’t. Hell even the right-wing dicks are smart enough to know what that option is and are willing to exercise it as individuals.

      That edge is my ability to exercise the option of violence as a last resort.

      And as violence is and always should be a last resort, the first resort is in the name of peace one should always explain how far one would go to preserve ones freedom.

      When men like you don’t respect the axe, history has proven them to be one thing…GONE.

      See what that means is in the end I WILL WIN…not because I have chosen the right side or the left side, it’s because I refuse to be enslaved by right-wing assholes like most of the republicans or left wing pussies like all of the democrats, it’s because when whoever it is that comes to enslave me knocks on my door and it opens, it will open and I along with all the flames in hell will pour down on my enemies.

      Little statist bitches would sit down to piss if the government told them to. That kind of constitution could never manifest victory.

      Go in peace brother and please reflect on the true meaning of freedom and liberty.

    • Except that he was both. He was a news anchor on a satirical news show that, at times, did a better job of presenting national news than the “legitimate” media.

    • I agree he did better than the main stream media outlet that consider themselves legitimate news sources but he put a partisan spin on all his stories just like the MSM does. Nobody can report the news without telling you how they “feel” about it and trying to lead you down whatever moral road they want you to be on. It’s bullshit.

    • When you’ve got “actual” news anchors taking shots back at you, you know you’re doing something right xD Colbert and Stewart had that down to a science almost 😛

    • That’s true.lol Thanks for the comment brother.

  • YAY JON!

  • Well done, wonderful family…..

  • What a waste of time and money. What about rescuing human beings first? Stupid band wagon to jump on.

  • I applaud it but I’m not going to share.

  • gonna need more land John……..

  • On the upside he has a chance of being trampled to death by a cow.

  • Love him!

  • Nice, but it would be too much to ask to stand up against israhell as one of the rich jewish Stewart brothers. People like him could make a difference. Its typical for jews, all of a sudden they all are soooo concerned about animals as they know non-jews have a weak heart of animal-abuse

  • 12 acres ? Two cows could free range , that’s it

  • this has to be a joke. he is going to need a hell of a lot more land than 12 acres add about six zeroes behind that to make a dint.

  • He could of helped people but no fuck it cows and rabid dogs cone first

  • I will say it again Jon Stewart you are my hero.

  • Now I want a steak. And pork chops!

  • Zack Johnson soo amazing!!!

  • Donnie Kirchner & it’s in NJ

  • Hero status granted.

  • KimO’Donnell KarenO’Donnell

  • You go Jon!!!!. It is great to be living life to the fullest!.

  • You can’t keep one cow year round on 12 acres of grass just for the record they eat more than that……..so is he gonna save one cow and subsidise with hay? Or multiple and overgraze the land,and keep them in cramped conditions similar to a feed lot? Seems the smart move for a man with that kinda money and the goal of rescuing large animals would have been to buy a ranch with thousands of acres like 20 sections plus that could actually sustain hundreds of animals all year round……… Just saying

  • so thats like all farm animals, right? ._. not enough room >_>

  • Still a Leftist Douche.

  • Awesome Mr. Stewart. You are one amazing man

  • My dream , I have wanted this my whole life . God bless you Jon and your family this is the best news I’ve heard in a long time . Way to go I love you all . This is great for your children your teaching them a lot of important lessons plus they will have a lot of love around them . I love all animals ❤️

  • 12 acres isn’t that big. If I had that kind of money I’d buy like 100 acres. JS

  • It shouldn’t take a lifetime to start something like that.

  • sucks to be non-profit rich

  • I didn’t want him to stop doing the daily show, but it was for purely selfish reasons. Glad he is able to spend his time how he wishes now.

  • Right on! Good for him! I miss his show, but this is great!

  • When he gets them healthy again can we eat them?

  • Let’s hear it for the john

  • I miss him soooo funny

  • Lol 12 acres is fuck all! So he can adopt 5 cows. Big fuckin deal.

  • Yay! Go John Stewart!

  • love john i remem warching him in the 90s

  • How ’bout we just feed those animals to some starving humans? Something to be said for priorities.

  • farmers don’t abuse there animals they take good care of them that’s how they make money greedy corporations on the other hand they count on the numbers and have a acceptable death loss your average farmer can’t afford to lose any of his animals

  • Yaina Peguero

  • Abi Rose

  • Tax scam!

  • I’m very surprised that he’s been allowed to carry on living after all the anti fox/ main stream news business. I was pretty sure he’d be another ‘suicide’ with a bullet to the back of the head…

  • 2 words, Dipshit Douchbag

  • Thank u!! <3 this.... 🙂

  • 12 acres? Hope he plans on buying up more land if he hopes to save them all

  • Wow. What a waste.

  • He said that the sanctuary is his wife’s (Tracy Stewart) project…she’s in charge and he supports her and the project 100%. She just published a book as well. He wanted to make that clear in the interview that I saw.

  • Jay Calhoun

  • but….does he still eat bacon????????????

  • kudos to you

  • What an idiot

  • Luv this guy!

  • At least he will always have something to eat.

    • He won’t eat them, he’ll pay someone else to kill and cook another animal.

    • ##HashtagTrueStory

  • Love him!

  • Love John (of course!) but hope that someday will also pay attention to the 21,000 CHILDEN who die EVERY DAY of starvation or other nutritional deficits …as well as the $32 BILLION annual sex-trafficking industry that trades in mostly children. Certainly, I love animals and do not want to see them suffer … but am shocked at how much we spend on pets while so many children are tortured or go without basic needs.

  • Bless your heart Jon Stewart.

  • This is just stupid.

  • Are you stupid? What is a factory farm animal? An animal couped up in a small space. So twelve acres? Thats like what a small city block? This reaks of stunt.

  • so he can get a tax deduction! and write off taxes so he can say its a loss AND so he can make money tax free! This is what rich people do! wake up

  • While it is a nice thing to do, he could have started a farm to support some of the millions of Syrian refugees displaced by the war supported by the US Gov. It would be the human thing to do…

  • Not too impressed…. There are millions and millions of people who would do great, great things if they earned the salary he has over the years

  • Guy M. Del Vecchio

  • As a comedian , he couldn’t make a Dead Man smile , same as the other idiots of today . Don’t know how they find work , other than ppl are taking so much Dope they’re laughing before they get to these shows .

  • The Bastard!

  • How bout people instead?

  • and to butcher a few-because no one will miss a few-

  • Catherine Tee

  • If you appreciate what Mr Stewart is doing, Please ‘Like’ (y) + Comment (even 2 words) + Share!!

  • Shit check Morgan Freeman out

  • Fuck that asshole, he is one of the biggest douches on the planet

  • Seeing as how he’s signed a contract with hbo, retired is the wrong word. The sentiment is there, even if your researchers weren’t

    • He retired from what he was doing. Worded wrong yes, but he can start a new chapter and still have retired from his previous career.

    • Yeah I retired from college years ago

  • Mark Tompkins

  • But just about all… all… factory animals are abused.

  • good for him, no one should be giving money to factory farms where the animals live ankle deep in crap and have to be sprayed with toxic chemicals so they can be sold to you to put in your body.

  • No todos sabemos inglés, además estamos en México, por qué no traducirlo y escribirlo en español? Pf.

  • You can be sure it is a tax shelter.

    • Let’s say for one minute that Jon Stewart is really only doing it for the tax break, are these animals any less saved? But you’re right, no one should ever do any act of kindness unless it is 100% selfless, or else it doesn’t count.

    • That’s ignorance in full glory .

  • I am not a fan…

  • Jon Stewart is a good guy

  • Wait until one of his rescued farm animals bites him or runs over the wife. He will be buying stock in Frigidaire.

    • You must not know much about farm sanctuary facilities

    • I know a lot about farm animals they are not cute cuddle pets.

    • It depends on what you consider cute and cuddly!

  • I’d be more impressed if he’s done something for human rights …

    • You mean like fighting for the reinstatement of the zadroga act to help 9/11 first responders? Oh yeah he did that too. Just because you read an article stating one thing a person does doesn’t mean they aren’t doing anything else. On top of that, they started the farm sanctuary due to the fact Jon’s wife is Vegan and Jon himself is vegetarian.

    • What has any of you people tearing down what Jon is doing done to better anything?? I didn’t think so….

  • go to a nursing home look at all the people abuse . most folks eat animals & all folks use them .

  • Could you imagine how different the world would be if everyone contributed to these causes without having to wait for a celebrity to lead them?

  • How about a sanctuary for abused and neglected humans from the factory “animal farm” that is our existence?!?!

  • Wow, no wonder America is in the shitter. I’m sorry he’s not curing cancer while running a rescuer shelter and housing homeless kids. Maybe once this is established, he might move on to start up another project in another area that desperately needs assistance, but it’s not my money, so it’s not my business! And for now, he’s concentrating on this one, and laying a solid foundation.

    As for being a tax haven… really? Let’s say for one minute that Jon Stewart is really only doing it for the taxes, are these animals any less saved? But you’re right, no one should ever do any act of kindness unless it is 100% selfless, or else it doesn’t count.

    But if it makes you feel better to tear this man down… reevaluate.

    • I mean he’s also fighting for the zadroga act to be reinstated to help 9/11 first responders. Jon has always done a lot

    • I agree.. He is the only one fighting for this people who are dying now..shameful others like to tear down positive people to make their dreary lives seem perfect…

    • A negative person will see a problem for every solution. Theres always gonna be something more important to do through the eyes of others. Jons doing his part in whats important to him. Im not going to knock him if whats important to me is different.

    • Yeah his shows that pushed banning certain guns were totally pro liberty am I rite gais

    • I’m sorry, who’s pro-liberty? ??I don’t agree with banning any arms, but as I referenced in my original post, does that make these rescues any less saved?

  • What an awesome human!!!

  • It is no harder to imagine than when I first heard he was going to do it.
    On his show he tried to awaken, inform, and instill a sense of awakened informed empathy that sadly most of the world is lacking. He did it through comedy. Well thought out, well informed, thought provoking comedy…. Comedy was the perfect medium to reach as many as possible.
    This was the natural next step.
    G_d bless him.
    We were ‘given’ this world. It was all created before ‘us’. We are supposed to take care of G_d’s creation….. It’s not to late to wake up and protect this most precious of gifts…. The world and all that shares it.

    • God

    • I will respect that some write it out. I will expect others to learn to respect that not all beliefs sets are the same, and that some do not write the name of G_d out, should it be destroyed. I believe G_d is fine with it. It is as simple as that.

  • Good man ………….But he can change more, if he chooses to. !

  • We need to end factory farming!

  • Selflessness is rare. Even more so for the celebrities.

  • I love Mr. Stewart and seriously miss his common sense show…

  • Laura Armour

  • Will they be serving hot dogs and hamburgers to the hungry? 🙂

  • Please let’s make together a better world without cost (English and Spanish language) to: http://www.Peace-and-well-being-worldwide-Paz-y-Bienestar-al-Planet.com Congratulations in 2016 and forever.

  • Jon Stewart was a shill and well known fact. Other shills need not get aggressive with us, we have more firepower.

  • Gina Bonanno Lemos

  • I applaud anyone who gives time to help others, rich or poor.

  • good man

  • He’s awesome.

  • He’s retiring because he isn’t funny!!!!

  • Jon who.?

  • The punch line is when he gets kicked in the gut from an angry abused cow.

  • is that a feral hog the one thing that is out of control destroying the country side. that’s Jon WHAT A DUMBASS

  • God Bless You

  • Yeah the price of meat would skyrocket.

  • I have always the and dream to do this. Thanks for reminding me!

  • In its neat coat? If it’s real, he ‘s doing a good job.

  • Fantastic

  • How noble and amazing. What a great person to give his talent and compassion to those who have never experienced kindness in their short lives. Mr. Stewart: you are truly a great man.

  • He’s already about to reboot with HBO

  • Good human.. need more like him.

  • Jon Stewart didn’t retired……..he was force to retired by the elite that managed the big media TV. He was starting to annoy the 1% with his comments, so was time to tell him to get lost, like many others before him……Dylan Ratigan, etc

  • Whose a good boy!?