Not only a comedian and a TV host but Jon Stewart has also become a real hero.
Jon and his wife, Tracey Stewart, were about to turn their 12-acre farm into the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary, then, in October 2016, they bought another farm – Hockhockson Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey, for rescuing and sheltering abused animals.
Just to create this animal sanctuary, they’ve decided to buy the sprawling 45-acre farm, features a circa 1777 manor home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus two 2-bedroom cottages, a pool, pond, equine facility and arena, six barns, five pastures, five paddocks, and a farmstand area. The same family owned the home for more than 200 years.
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When the state finally gave them the green light to turn the farm area into an animal rescue and education center it brought tears to Tracey’s eyes. The application process took a lot longer than expected because many local residents complained about noise and traffic in the area. But in the end, their motive behind saving animals got the vote of approval from the community. Jon and Tracy agreed to host no more than four of those special events in a year and also they agreed to several requests from the planning board in order to help the application move forward. Tracey said: “It’s one of those things like where after you give birth you forget about the pain. So right now I’m feeling really good and positive.”
The first animals who became part of this farm are two piglets, named Anna and Maybelle who were rescued from a swine factory when they fell off the cargo loader during transfer; two goats; a bull; loads of more pigs; and many other animals.
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The couple loves animals so much that even Tracy has written a book titled: “Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better,” which focuses on living with many animals, like dogs, goats, and spiders.
Jon used to consume meat regularly, and Tracey has been a vegan for a long time. She said: “While I don’t eat animals, my husband does, and due to our mixed marriage, we have decided to present both diets to the kids and let them come to their own decision about how and what they want to eat.” But now even that has changed as Jon has turned vegetarian, something that surprised Tracey quite a bit. She said: “I know! It’s recent! It’s all happening! He’s nervous about saying it publicly because he doesn’t want to mess up. But he really is trying to figure out what vegetarian foods he likes, and I’m helping him with that. I’ll say to him, ‘Oh, you’re my new, sexy vegetarian boyfriend. Do you want to go to the vegan restaurant for lunch?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah!‘“
Since Jon retired from The Daily Show, he has been dedicating most of his time to caring for abused and neglected animals. As for now, the farm is still in its “nascent stage,” meaning that, it is not yet open to the public. Even though it’s not open to the general public yet doesn’t mean the Stewarts haven’t been helping animals. If you’re interested in keeping up with farm life at Hockhockson Farm you can follow The Daily Squeal ( on Facebook or on Instagram or on their page) which Tracey Stewart regularly updates with photos of rescued farm animals.
Jon said: “So much of the project is about community. So you want to the community that you are invested in to want you to be there and to be invested in it as well. You want it to be mutual love, not unrequited love.”
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