‘Sam Got Them Out!’ A Poem About Sam Simon by Ingrid E. Newkirk

Published by Ingrid Newkirk.

Written for Sam Simon, September 2014

A man on a Palisades Hill

Was suddenly taken quite ill

But focused his cares

On roadside zoo bears 

Releasing them was quite a thrill!

Ursula and cubs bear rescue

His life may be the Hollywood dream

Playing poker and letting off steam

But he’s the bee’s knees

To two great chimpanzees 

Who were rescued ‘cause Sam’s on their team!

Baby Chimpanzee© iStock.com/guentergini

 He supported our SeaWorld court case

Said, “To enslave orcas is a disgrace!”

And he rescued, of course,

Valediction, a horse 

Slaughter-bound when he lost his last race.


He freed the young elephant, Sunder 

From the beatings and fear he lived under.

He’d been chained in the dark

But a lush, jungle park

Now provides him a life full of wonder!

Sunder and girlfriend elephant rescue

Sunder now has an elephant girlfriend. 

Their pachyderm romance was whirlwind.

If new vows were coined,

They’d say, “What SAM hath joined,

Let no man, whip, or chain tear asunder!”

Chinchillas Brad and Angie

And chinchillas, 400 or so,

Nearly zapped for a coat or a throw

Were all doomed to be fried

Until Sam Simon cried,

“Adopt ‘em and close down the show!”


Now Sam’s letting students inside 

A hen on a slaughterhouse ride

His virtual reality show

Helps meat eaters cry, “Whoa!”

Because they’ve been that chicken who died.


sow 3626 with an open sore on her nose from being hit with a metal gate rod

On a slaughter truck, loaded like freight,

Frightened sows stood—a total of eight.

Thanks to Sam, now they run

Through the grass, in the sun,

And will never end up on a plate.


When Benjy fell flat as a stud,

Farmers said, “Slaughter that dud!”

But Sam saved this “gay” bull

Whose new life is now full

of days grazing and chewing his cud.

Waheed Rescued Camel Wearing Blanket

A 14-year-old camel, Waheed

Was so starved he was thin as a reed.

Forced to dance and give rides,

And in ill-health besides,

He at last—thanks to Sam—has been freed!

Gentle Bull© iStock.com/lillisphotography

And in India, he’s done what it takes

So that bulls, donkeys, dogs, even snakes

Can stop dodging thrown stones,

Rest their tired, aching bones

And eat grass and their favorite nut cakes.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind