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Jon Stewart and Wife Announce Plans to Open Animal Sanctuary

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Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, are getting married. Confused? Let Tracey explain:

“We’re getting married! Farm Sanctuary and us, we’re getting married,” Tracey announced, with Jon by her side, on Saturday at Farm Sanctuary’s 2015 Gala in New York City. “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.”

Since retiring from The Daily Show, Jon has been working with his wife to raise awareness about the cruelty inflicted upon farm animals— a topic he often brought up on air as well.

Tracey started pursuing her passion for animal charity work after reading the Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur’s 2008 book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. Since then, Tracey has been apprenticing under Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director Susie Coston and wrote her own book about animal protection, Do Unto Animals

The help Jon and Tracey have provided so far earned them the Gift of Life Award at Saturday’s gala, and it was during the acceptance speech for this prize that they made the big announcement. 

Farm Sanctuary, which was founded in 1986 and has two shelters in California and one in New York, is focused on providing safe havens for abused farm animals and educating the public on how to prevent further cruelty. The Stewarts’ farm will help extend these efforts to a new area and provide a home for numerous needy animals. 

“I feel like what Farm Sanctuary does is they do rescue and sanctuary for animals, and then without realizing it, they also do rescue and sanctuary for people. And I feel as though they’ve rescued me and they’ve given me sanctuary for the rest of my life,” Tracey said.