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Sam Simon, This HQ’s for You

Written by Alisa Mullins | March 1, 2013

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 ManagementAccompanied 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. Newkirk.

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  • Manel Dias says:

    Thank You Mr. Sam Simon for the Great and wonderful work you do for the sake of voiceless and beautiful animals. My heartfelt thanks to you Sir. May God Bless you and your compassionate Generous commitment you do towards the god’s creatures.

  • omg that is sooooo sweet of him to do all that on behalf of animals. Awe and naming Sunder his God-son…how sweet is that? You have a new fan

  • Anjie Pham says:

    A warm mahalo nui loa from Hawaii for your compassion to animals and your generosity to great animal groups like PETA and SEA SHEPHERD, Mr. Simon!

  • Missy says:

    God bless him & Barker and all who do so much to help those without a voice. I’m so upset to hear Sam is sick. No justice in this world as so many despicable people are alive & well. Sam made a difference in this world and Gd bless him.

  • Dixie Lee Howe says:

    So inspiring to see this kind of event! More power to PETA, Sam Simon and all the precious animals that need our help!!! God Bless!

  • Marilyn R. Meier-O'Brien says:

    Just keep helping the voiceless ones.

  • Linda W.Seely says:

    THANK YOU PETA FOR HONORING THIS WONDERFU MAN, MR. SAM SIMON AS PETA’S HEADQUARTERS NEW MONIKER, THE SAM SIMON’S CENTER. THIS MAN IS SUCH A GREAT GIANT FOR ALL THE ANIMALS AND I REALLY ADMIRE AND LOVE HIM FOR ALL HE DOES FOR THE ANIMALS. THANK YOU PETA AND MR. SIMON FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU DO FOR THE ANIMALS. MAY GOD BELSS ALL OF YOU.

  • andrea says:

    what a stand up guy

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