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26/10/2015 15:10 GMT | Updated 26/10/2015 15:59 GMT

Jon Stewart Opens Sanctuary For Abandoned Farm Animals After Quitting 'The Daily Show'

NEW YORK -- Jon Stewart spent 19 years telling America (and the English speaking world) how to feel about politics. Now he’s showing the world how to act, spending the months since leaving 'The Daily Show' creating a sanctuary for abandoned farm animals.

Two years ago the comedian and his wife Tracey, who used to work as a veterinary technician and has authored the book ‘Do Unto Animals,’ bought 12 acres of land in New Jersey. Now they are turning that land into Bufflehead Farm, with the aim of not only homing former farm animals but also providing children with empathy for its residents through education.

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Stewart with one of the pigs on Bufflehead Farm

Speaking at an event for the charity Farm Sanctuary over the weekend, Stewart said: “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.”

The farm will be affiliated to Farm Sanctuary, which has campaigned for nearly 30 years to end inhumane farm practices. At the gala Tracey Stewart said: "We bought a farm in New Jersey, with the intention of starting a farm sanctuary of our own. We're getting married. Farm Sanctuary and us, we're getting married."

According to the New York Times, the Stewarts' farm is currently is home to four rescue pigs with future residents to include sheep, goats, chickens, cows and turkeys.