Written by Alisa Mullins
PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters
has a new moniker—the Sam Simon Center—in honor of entertainment giant Sam
Simon, the multiple Emmy
Award–winning co-creator of The Simpsons and the writing genius behind
hit shows like Taxi, Barney
Miller, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Drew Carey
Show, and Charlie Sheen's new FX series, Anger Management. Accompanied by a
Dixieland jazz band, Simon arrived by boat to cut the ribbon at a dedication ceremony today, which was
also attended by New York Jets safety Bret Lockett and other luminaries, including the glamorous Jennifer Tilly, TV host and producer Mark Thompson, and World Series of
Poker champion Phil Laak.
Simon, who serves on PETA's
Executive Committee, has been a vegetarian since he was 19 and a vegan
since joining PETA years later. He is known for his
work with The Sam Simon
Foundation, which rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to help
soldiers who return from war with physical and mental trauma. He attacks
animal homelessness at its roots by sponsoring spay and neuter surgeries in
low-income areas of Los Angeles. He also helped PETA launch our newest mobile spay-and-neuter clinic
and hosts annual PETA fundraisers at his home in L.A.
Perhaps because he works in the entertainment industry, the
plight of animals in entertainment is especially close to Simon's heart. He is
an outspoken opponent of cruelty in circuses, roadside zoos, and marine
parks, and he recently attended a PETA news conference with Bob Barker to call
attention to the plight of
animals on TV and movie sets. "[I]f you can't afford the CGI [computer-generated imagery], either do a
rewrite," he said, "or do a cartoon show like I did."
Simon once donated his fee for an episode of The Drew
Carey Show to PETA because
the plot involved greyhound
racing, and he felt that he could not in good conscience keep the money. As if he's not
busy enough, Simon also hosts a weekly Friday Internet radio show on Radioio.com in which he always keeps animal issues in the spotlight.
"Sam Simon may be a big Hollywood figure, but it's his
big heart that makes him a PETA soulmate," said PETA President Ingrid E.
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