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< JON AND TRACEY STEWART AT FARM SANCTUARY’S NEW YORK SHELTER IN WATKINS GLEN. PHOTO BY JO-ANNE MCARTHUR

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Jon Stewart may have surprised some fans when his wife Tracey announced they would be starting a sanctuary for rescued farm animals in their home state of New Jersey. But those who know Tracey, author of New York Times bestseller Do Unto Animals (Artisan Books), probably weren’t surprised at all. They know that Tracey was inspired on her journey when she read Farm Sanctuary CoFounder and President, Gene Baur’s first book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). It is Farm Sanctuary with which the Stewarts will be partnering in their new endeavor. One visit to this idyllic sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY might inspire you, too. Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, the rolling green pastures of Farm Sanctuary’s 175-acre Watkins Glen, NY shelter are home to more than 500 rescued farm animals — chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, and other species. Farm Sanctuary is different from a typical farm because the animals are seen as friends, not as food; as someone, not something. Each resident has a name and a story, and you’ll meet your fair share when you take a guided tour of the sanctuary. The New York shelter is open to visitors from May through October; hour-long tours are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays in May, September and October, and Wednesday to Sunday from June through August. Tour fees are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for children 3 and under. For a more intimate experience, Farm Sanctuary members can also schedule a stay in one of three bed and breakfast cabins, each inspired by an animal whose life was transformed at sanctuary. B&B guests are treated to a full vegan breakfast and a private tour where they can spend a little more time with each animal group. Visit www.farmsanctuary.org for details. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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