Jon Stewart gives his pigs belly rubs at his Bufflehead Farm


Since leaving The Daily Show’s anchor’s chair after nearly two decades, Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey converted their Bufflehead Farm in Middletown, NJ into an animal rescue facility. Among the animals who live there are two pigs the Stewarts adopted from Farm Sanctuary after they were rescued from the side of a Georgia highway. The poor little ladies were found injured, exhausted and starving probably after falling from a truck likely bound for the slaughterhouse. Fully recovered and living high on the… (I won’t, I can hear you groaning already) they are pretty big stars at Bufflehead. You can see the video of Jon petting his pigs below:

What a bunch of camera hogs!

In a video posted last week by The Daily Squeal, Jon Stewart showers his rescue pigs, Anna and Maybelle, with affection at his farm animal center in New Jersey.

The two piglets were found on the roadside of a busy Georgia highway last summer and brought to Farm Sanctuary’s location in New York. Jon and Tracey Stewart, who are well-known animal advocates, adopted Anna and Maybelle after meeting them on on a tour of the place and brought them to their farm animal center in New Jersey, which partners with the sanctuary.

[From The Huffington Post]

This is not the first animal the Stewarts have saved from the slaughterhouse, they rescued and briefly housed Frank, the truck-bolting bull that escaped in Queens just last month. Frank is now in his permanent home and very happy.

The Stewarts are currently under contract for the historic Hockhockson Farm in NJ to develop as an educational and outreach program. They are presently working on securing those permits. Although Jon and their two children, Nathan and Maggie, are quite active with them, the farms are really Tracey’s babies. She has had a relationship with Farm Sanctuary for some time, even dedicating a portion of her book’s proceeds to support their work.

Original plans for the Stewarts’ farm included a production office for Jon but those plans “got scrapped.” I wonder if that is farm speak for “Maybelle ate them.” Scrapped office aside, Jon still has one foot in the entertainment business. The documentary he produced, After Spring, just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, he still has a four-year production deal with HBO and is developing content for them along with virtual-reality startup Otoy. Jon has called Otay a “limitless mind-blowing creative platform” and their collaboration will involve “original holographic content.” I am not sure what all of that means but it certainly sounds intense.

And now, your moment of zen:

Photo credit: Fame/Flynet Photos and Getty Images

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  1. mia girl says:

    Sigh. I love that man.

    • Nike says:

      Love them both so much! Currently following Frank’s story on Facebook, through the Farm Sanctuary page.

  2. Mia4s says:

    I think I few days ago I called something your best headline ever? I take it back!! This is the best headline ever!

    Kudos to them for their efforts.

  3. rahrahrooey says:

    This article made my day. Love him:)

  4. aenflex says:

    I adore this man. So many reasons to adore. His wife too.

  5. kri says:

    That is one of the most delightful headlines I have ever read!!! LOL. Sweet .

  6. knower says:

    Thank god there are people left like this in Hollywood. Him and his family, they just seem like people I’m glad are here on earth cause the world is lacking in those types it seems.

  7. Ankhel says:

    It’s so great when I imagine a celebrity I like must be a good person, and I’m proved right. This warms my heart.

  8. realitycheck says:

    I am glad that more awareness is being brought to issues such as animal cruelty and trying to live more sustainably. Especially with the rich Hollywood people.

  9. Kitten says:

    This was SO needed today. Sigh.
    Stewart + piggies = WIN.

  10. tealily says:

    Awww… yes, please!

  11. cleezy says:

    It’s *Middletown, NJ* Sorry to nitpick, but it’s my hometown so I have to represent it correctly 🙂

  12. Magnoliarose says:

    Very nice. Pigs are very sweet and intelligent. They can be so lovable and fun. I’m glad people like him exist in the world and I’m a little jealous he gets to do what he is doing. 🙂

  13. lucy2 says:

    I have to think after 2 decades of doing a stressful show, it must be heavenly to just go hang out on their family farm. I love that they’re making it a sanctuary, and a learning center for kids.

  14. AtlLady says:

    I wonder if Jon ever dreamed during his NYC childhood that he would one day grow up to be giving pig belly rubs to his own pigs on his own farm? Those pigs have Jon well trained. “Flop on your side and this little man will give me a belly rub.”

  15. CG says:

    So … I read the headline wrong and thought it said Butthead Farm! I literally did a double take. 😛 Anyway kudos to Jon and his family for all they do for animal welfare.

  16. Nimbolicious says:

    Why can’t HE be our next president?

  17. laura in LA says:

    I love this story and all that the Stewarts are doing. I wish their family and farm animals nothing but happiness.

  18. Redgrl says:

    Love him. Miss him on the daily show… (Trevor Noah is doing a good job – but just still miss Jon Stewart.) Good for him and his family…