Jon Stewart’s 12-Acre Farm Is a Safe Haven for Abused Animals

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Jon Stewart. He really is a national treasure, isn’t he?

The comedian has made plenty of headlines as of late, in particular for his tireless campaign to get justice for firefighters and servicemen who became sick as a result of 9/11. First responders from the atrocious attack are still awaiting their medical benefits, which prompted Stewart to deliver an angry, emotional speech to Congress.

And, just when we thought that we couldn’t love him even more, he goes and rescues a bunch of animals. Come on! 

It was difficult to envision what Jon’s next step, post-TV, would be, and we never pictured this. Jon and his wife, Tracey, have long been advocates for animal rights, and they have now taken their passion a step further by opening a farm that cares for rescued and abused farm animals. It doesn’t get any more wholesome than that.

Despite dabbling in stand-up comedy, acting, and directing, you will probably recognize him most from The Daily Show, which he hosted for sixteen years before retiring in 2015.

Jon Stewart has famously, for years, campaigned for the 9/11 Victim Fund, which has seen numerous first responders go for over a decade without their well-deserved medical benefits.

After his tireless campaign work, Congress finally voted to replenish the 9/11 Victim Fund, which has consistently failed the first-responders from the attack.

Jon has always campaigned and fought for the things that matter.

Jon and his wife, Tracey, in particular, have always been enthusiastic animal rights campaigners. And, since his retirement, Jon has dedicated the majority of his time caring for abused and neglected animals.

When 2 goats were found roaming the tracks of the New York subway, Jon was quick to come to assist in their safe rescue and transportation to the New York Farm Sanctuary site. What a guy.

Do Unto Animals is a guide, written by Tracey, that provides some of her best and most valuable advice on how to make animals’ lives better, and how to live peacefully alongside them. It is both a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller.

Joining his wife in 2013, the couple invested in Bufflehead Farm, which is based in New Jersey.

The piglets, who have since been named Anna and Maybelle, were rescued from a swine factory when they fell off the cargo loader during transfer.

Anna and Maybelle now have their own Twitter and Instagram accounts, wherein followers can watch them receive daily belly rubs and roll around in the mud. Quality content, if you ask me.  

In a video posted onto the pigs’ Facebook page, Jon can be seen giving Anna and Maybelle their daily belly rubs. This is all making the farm life look awfully tempting…

As well as their much-loved pigs, Jon and Tracey have cared for 4 dogs, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 2 fish, and 1 bird. Talk about a house-full.

Because there’s no such thing as too many animals, right?

Farm Sanctuary is an animal protection organization that was founded in 1986 and was America’s first-ever shelter for farmed animals.  

Animals are rescued from an array of different situations and circumstances – whether it be abuse, neglect, or natural disasters – and Farm Sanctuary is always on hand to help.

Jon narrated “Frank’s Story,” a heartbreaking video of a runaway bull from Queens.

Back in 2015, Jon and his wife were excited to announce that Bufflehead Farm was to become Farm Sanctuary’s fourth safe haven.

Move up, Anna and Maybelle. More animals are coming to town. Cows, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, and, of course, even more pigs arrived at the farm.

The Stewarts have dedicated the last few years to rescuing and caring for hundreds of neglected and abused farm animals.

Throughout his life, Jon has been the voice for those who don’t have one. And, now, he is a voice for all the animals out there, too. He has consistently used his platform to highlight the important things, and his latest venture is clearly no different. Keep doing what you’re doing, Jon. You’re amazing.