We just love it when celebrities use their powers for good and in the case of Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey, the good means saving hundreds of animals.
Being avid animal-lovers, the Stewarts have always wanted to have an animal sanctuary. In fact, they had previously bought a 12-acre farm in New Jersey that they had planned on using to create their own sanctuary.
However, when Tracey read Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, President and Co-Founder Gene Baur’s 2008 book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, she knew this could be a match made in heaven.
The partnering was announced at the Farm Sanctuary’s 2015 Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Tracey tearfully announced, “We’re getting married! Farm Sanctuary and us, we’re getting married,” to loud cheers from the crowd of over 500 attendees. “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.”
That same night the couple was being honored with the Gift of Life Award, which was presented to them for their efforts to promote compassion for farm animals.
Tracey, who is also joining the organization’s Board of Directors, told the crowd “I pinch myself every time I get a text message from [Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director] Susie Coston or [Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder] Gene Baur. I really can’t believe I’ve been welcomed into their family like I have. 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.”
Watch the announcement speech here:
They have not yet released an opening date for the new sanctuary, but you can follow their progress by liking The Daily Squeal on Facebook – daily updates on the progress from the eyes of the Stewarts’ first sanctuary residents, two pigs name Anna and Maybelle.
Image source: Farm Sanctuary
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