It's interesting how many comedians have gone to bat in a serious way for animals over the years. Bob Barker, Margaret Cho, Bill Maher, Betty White and Ricky Gervais are just some of the many funny people who think crummy treatment of animals is no laughing matter.
It looks like Jon Stewart, soon-to-be-retired host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," (perhaps following in funnywoman Doris Day's legendary footsteps?) and will be opening an animal sanctuary in his home state of New Jersey.
Long-time watchers of "The Daily Show" might not be surprised by this news — Stewart occasionally brought up animal rights on his show, doing funny-not-funny segments about them. Most recently, he took New Jersey governor Chris Christie to task for his stance on keeping pigs in gestation crates (see below).
In thanks, the organization has already named two rescued sheep after them. Tracey seems to be the driving force behind the couple's animal activism. She was inspired after reading Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur's book, "Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food." The current issue of her magazine, Moomah, is all about going vegan and her first book, "Do Unto Animals," is due out in October.
According to Tracey, “the joy of interacting with animals as friends instead of using them for human consumption is life-changing. A trip to Farm Sanctuary should be on everyone’s to-do list, but you can also bring a little bit of sanctuary home when you sponsor an animal through the Adopt a Farm Animal Program.”
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