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Jon Stewart And His Wife Start Sanctuary For Abused Farm Animals

The former Daily Show host and his wife, Tracey, are converting their farm in New Jersey into an animal sanctuary.

Posted on October 26, 2015, at 7:59 p.m. ET

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Jon Stewart and Tracey Stewart attend the 2015 Farm Sanctuary Gala.

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, are embarking on a new enterprise as owners of a sanctuary for abused farm animals.

The comedian — who stepped down as host of The Daily Show in August after a successful 16-year run — and his family were honored Saturday at an event hosted by Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit that helps rescue animals from factory farms.

"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," Jon told the crowd at The Plaza Hotel in New York, according to Agence-France Presse.

Tracey Stewart announced that the family's 12-acre farm in Middletown, New Jersey, would serve as Farm Sanctuary's latest animal shelter and would be accompanied by an educational center.

Jon & Tracey Stewart made a big announcement at the Farm Sanctuary Gala on Saturday! @AFP:

"Somebody pinch me! Last night I was able to announce that our farm will become part of Farm Sanctuary," Tracey wrote on Facebook. "We're going to do great things together!!"

Farm Sanctuary runs two animal rescue facilities in California and one in New York; Stewart's rescue center will be the nonprofit's fourth location and will eventually be open for tours.

The opening date for the Stewart sanctuary has not been announced.

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Tracey is known for her work with animals, working as a veterinary technician and most recently publishing a book about animal rights called Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better.

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While hosting the Daily Show, Jon repeatedly brought up animal welfare issues, notably commenting on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a state bill that would ban pig gestation crates.

Tracey's also a vegan and told the New York Times that her husband recently became a vegetarian.

The couple met in 1995 on a blind date and married five years later. Together they have a son and daughter, ages 10 and 9, and many pets, including horses, pigs, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, and fish.

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