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10/26/2015 12:11 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2015

Jon Stewart Makes His Post-'Daily Show' Plans Official

Animal lovers everywhere will rejoice at Jon and Tracey Stewart's news.
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Rumors have been swirling for months that Jon Stewart's post-"Daily Show" plans involve opening an animal sanctuary on a 12-acre farm he and his wife, Tracey, own in Middletown, New Jersey.

Now we've got it straight from the horse's mouth: this magical haven is, indeed, happening.

It'll be affiliated with Farm Sanctuary, a 29-year-old group dedicated to ending inhumane farming practices and making life better for animals of all stripes.

"We bought a farm in New Jersey, with the intention of starting a farm sanctuary of our own," Tracey Stewart -- author of the well-received book Do Unto Animals -- said at Farm Sanctuary's annual gala this past weekend. "We're getting married. Farm Sanctuary and us, we're getting married."

Tracey said she and Jon would be opening the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary, as a home not just for abused and neglected animals, but also for the human advocates, learners and leaders who will champion their cause.

"I do feel like what Farm Sanctuary does is they do rescue and sanctuary of animals. And then without realizing it, they also do rescue and sanctuary for people," she said. 

(Jon Stewart was a bit wryer in his remarks: "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," he said, according to Agence France-Presse.)

Farm Sanctuary currently has three outposts -- one in upstate New York and two in California. 

The Stewarts' farm -- which has a Facebook page: The Daily Squeal -- is called Bufflehead, and is currently is home to four rescue pigs, according to the New York Times. Future inhabitants, the Times reports, will likely include more pigs, as well as cows, sheep, goats, chickens and turkeys.

This story has been updated to include more details on the Stewarts' farm.

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