Animals Who Were Rescued, Thanks to Sam Simon

Sam Simon—co-creator of The Simpsons, a PETA honorary director, and a friend to all animals—dedicated the last years of his life to helping end suffering of all kinds. Among the many causes he supported, animals held a special place in his heart.

Sam Simon PETA Speech

Here are a few animals whose lives were changed forever, thanks to Sam’s activism and generosity:

Ursula and her cubs

Ursala and Cubs


Sunder and girlfriend elephant rescue

Eight piglets



More than 400 chinchillas

Chinchillas Brad and Angie

Benjy (the “gay” bull)



Terry Chimpanzee Las Vegas Zoo


Waheed Camel Rescued by Animal Rahat

In addition to all the animals Sam saved during his lifetime, he left generous endowments in his will to ensure that his efforts for animals would continue even after he was gone. Animals will have reason to be grateful to this smart, funny, passionate activist and philanthropist for years to come.

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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