The plan involves a partnership with Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Farm Sanctuary pursues its mission by finding and rescuing mistreated animals from the meat industry. Jon and Tracey made the announcement revealing their plans on Saturday, October 24th. Farm Sanctuary’s website reports on the event:
With her husband Jon by her side, 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.”
And though this is a new development for the Stewart family, Tracey has always been passionate about protecting animal rights, and recently published a new book entitled, Do Unto Animals: A friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better.
The book is an illustrated guide that teaches readers how to cohabitate with animals in a respectful way. It’s divided into three sections: Animals at Home, Backyard Wildlife, and Falling in Love in the Farm, and consists of DIY projects and autobiographical stories. Not only does the book provide valuable instruction for living an animal-friendly life, but it also illustrates the experiences that led Tracey to such celebrated activism.
As of right now, the farm consists of four pigs, two of which are piglets and supposedly fell off a truck on their way to the stockyard, and Tracey is looking forward to it’s expansion.
When Bufflehead (the name of a type of duck) begins welcoming rescues in coming months—the farm is awaiting approval as a nonprofit—the collection of animals is likely to include cows, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and pigs. Bufflehead will eventually be open to the public by appointment. “Our hope is to get a lot of school groups in,” Ms. Stewart said.
Tracey is a vegan and Jon is a vegetarian. (We had no idea!) The couple allows their children to make their own choices regarding animal product consumption. According to OneGreenPlanet.org, it was Tracey's urging that Jon not focus on a plant-based diet, but rather the emotional complexity of animals that veered him toward vegetarianism.
For more information on Jon and Tracey’s partnership with Farm Sanctuary, check out this video from CBS news.
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