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This guy is so likable, he should have his own TV show. Er, wait…

Jon Stewart recently announced that he and his wife are opening up a sanctuary for abused farm animals on their 12-acre farm in New Jersey, causing public opinion of the former comedian to soar even higher.

We know that Stewart loves animals, but this is a whole new level.

stewart kitten

In case you just woke up from a decade-long nap under a large rock, Jon Stewart recently retired from his post as host of Comedy Central’s hugely successful satirical news program, The Daily Show (now The Daily Show With Trevor Noah). You know, basically the best thing to happen to political comedy since Weekend Update with Dan Aykroyd.

While this is certainly not the first indication of his love for animals, it’s really his wife’s voice that holds the most weight in this project; Tracey Stewart has been championing animal rights for years with the non-profit Farm Sanctuary, and recently penned a book titled Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better.

“I’m a little uncomfortable,” Jon told gala participants. “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.”

Must be a strange feeling, Jon, but we’re sure you’ll manage just fine.