Despite his lengthy “Daily Show” tenure coming to an end in August, Jon Stewart is continuing to make headlines and incite change.
The former late-night host and his wife, Tracey, have announced plans to transform their New Jersey farm into a sanctuary for neglected animals.
“We're getting married!” Tracey jokingly said, Jon by her side, while announcing the news Saturday at Farm Sanctuary's 2015 Gala in New York City. The pair, who own property in Middletown, New Jersey, were being honored by the animal advocacy group.
“Farm Sanctuary and us, we're getting married,” she continued, “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," she added.
Farm Sanctuary — founded in 1986 — was established to combat factory farming, as well as encourage awareness about farm animals.
According to USA Today, the property will become the fourth sanctuary affiliated with Farm Sanctuary, with other outposts located in Los Angeles; Orlando, California; and Watkins Glen, New York.
Since ending his 16-year run with “The Daily Show,” Stewart and his wife have been working to raise awareness about the cruelty inflicted upon farm animals. It’s a topic he’s long been passionate about and used as a source of on-air rants.
Tracey, who also has a passion for animal charity work, is the author of the book “Do Unto Animals.” She told the New York Daily News that Stewart is happy to be moving on from “The Daily Show.”
“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “It’s been incredible. What’s he’s been saying is now he gets to paint with a full palette. He’s feeling like he’s getting to do a lot of the things that he wasn’t able to do. He’s learning to play drums, he’s picking up the kids from school, we get to go out for lunch together.”