To feel better about the state of humanity, you should probably watch this video of former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart lovingly feed hay to a bull who escaped while being transported to a slaughterhouse in Queens.
“Everybody likes hay,” Stewart says in his unmistakable cadence. “Everybody.”
According to NBC4 New York, Stewart and his wife, Tracey, picked up the bull at an Animal Care and Control center in Brooklyn after it made its big escape. The bull was being unloaded from a truck when it made a break for it and ran around the campus of York College in Queens’s Jamaica neighborhood before being tranquilized and captured.
At that point, the Stewarts got involved and helped transport the bull, now named Frank, to greener pastures at an animal sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The couple have had a long association with Farm Sanctuary and announced in October that a New Jersey farm they’d purchased would become the sanctuary’s fourth outpost.
The Stewarts are well-known animal rights advocates, driven in large part by Tracey Stewart’s passion. In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, she said that in addition to the two Stewart children, the household also includes “four dogs, four pigs, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one parrot, one hamster and two fish.”
“I think we always try to get to a point where there’s harmony in the house,” Tracey Stewart told Gross. “And then once there’s harmony in the house, I go out to upset that again.”
Tracey Stewart said it was her husband who inspired her to go back to school to become a veterinary technician, which, “was the best job I ever had, and I truly loved that job.” In October she published “Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better.”
It seems that Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show” last July has freed him up to join his wife on her mission.
The pair certainly improved the existence of one lucky bull. Enjoy the hay, Frank, and congrats on that new lease on life.