As the political season heats up, many Americans are pining for the humor and sharp criticism of their on-screen pal Jon Stewart since he left “The Daily Show,” but the comedian says he doesn’t miss it at all. Evidenced in a recent CBS interview , Jon and his wife Tracey have been pretty busy since he stepped down from the show, settling into daily life on their New Jersey farm and working to transform it into an animal sanctuary. On Saturday evening, October 24, the pair were honored at a Farm Sanctuary gala in New York City, where Tracey proudly announced the Stewarts’ animal rescue site would become part of Farm Sanctuary.

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In an interview with CBS This Morning, Jon and Tracey Stewart talk about their new life on the farm

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Farm Sanctuary, run by Gene Bauer, was the first shelter in America built specifically for rescued and retired farm animals, and has been operating in upstate New York since 1986. Since then, the sanctuary has expanded to include only two other locations – both in southern California. The Stewart’s NJ farm will reportedly serve as a satellite sister to the original location. The animal-loving nonprofit also honored British singer Morrissey at the gala for his long history of strict vegan ethics, but he wasn’t able to attend the event.

Related: Jon and Tracey Stewart are turning a NJ farm into a sanctuary for rescued farm animals

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Tracey, a former veterinary technician and longtime animal advocate, took to the Facebook page of her magazine, Moomah, to announce the Farm Sanctuary news to the public. This development comes on the heels of the release of her new book, “Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We can Make Their Lives Better,” which she told CBS’s Gayle King is a great guide for people who want to teach their children about kindness to animals.

Oh, and if you’re one of those long-time fans of The Daily Show who wondered whether Stewart’s consistent defense of animals was an indication of his personal feelings… it may well have been. His wife admitted recently in an interview with The New York Times that her husband, now sporting a super cool beard and enjoying smoothies after picking the kids up from school, has recently become vegetarian.

Via CBS and Moomah Magazine

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