Praise Celebrity’s $100 Million Donation to Charity


Target: Sam Simon, celebrity and philanthropist

Goal: Thank The Simpsons co-creator for his massive charitable donations

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, recently donated most of his $100-million-plus fortune to charities in need. The 59-year-old mogul was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 and given three months to live by medical professionals. Since then, Simon has donated time and money to several causes he believes in, and has defied his prognosis. While Simon hasn’t beaten cancer, it looks like he will live well into 2015.

He established the Sam Simon Foundation, a charity dedicated to rescuing dogs and training them as service animals to help disabled veterans and deaf people. He donated to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a prominent animal advocacy group with which he teamed up with to buy out a chinchilla farm. Instead of killing them for their fur, Simon moved the chinchillas into bigger cages and sent them to various shelters to be adopted to new families.

Animals were not Simon’s only consideration when deciding what charities to fund. He also supported Feeding Families, an organization that purchases foods at wholesale prices to donate to the Food Banks of America. Save the Children, an international aid organization, also received donations from Simon. These donations will be used to support children in 120 developing countries.

These donations could improve the lives of millions of children and animals across the world. Animals will be rescued and adopted, while children will be fed and educated. Sign the petition below to commend Sam Simon on his choice of charities and thank him for his massive donations.


Dear Mr. Sam Simon,

Recently, you chose to donate a whopping $100 million to various animal welfare and children’s charities. The Sam Simon Foundation was established to rescue dogs, and you partnered with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to rescue thousands of chinchillas from a fur farm. Donations were made to Save the Children, an international children’s rights organization, as well as Feeding Families, which purchases and donates food to American Food Banks.

These donations will make a huge difference in the lives of millions of children by feeding and educating them and their families. Animals will benefit from rescue and rehabilitation paid for by your generous donations. We, the undersigned, thank you for your donations to these worthy charities and wish you good health for the future.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. peta continues to kill healthy animals:

  2. Sandra Zaninovich says:

    Anyone who spreads misinformation about PETA is playing right into the hands of the ag industry whose sole goal is to put them out of business. I too was concerned about the rumors so I contacted PETA and received a very long letter from them very intelligently and credibly refuting all claims against them. We should all be very proud of PETA and stand with them; no organization has done more good about raising awareness of all the horrors inflicted on animals. I’ll try to paste the letter in my next comment but it might be too long and might not print. Before listening to rumors about them, contact them yourself and ask for explanation. You’ll be surprised at what you find.

  3. Sandra Zaninovich says:

    It is PETA’s policy that no one on our staff is ever to give anyone the impression that animals we accept for euthanasia are being taken for placement, and we do not believe that anyone involved in this case was misled. It is also our policy that the vast majority of animals we accept are only those who are in terrible shape or unadoptable for some reason, such as behavioral problems, injury, sickness, or old age. In other words, we accept the majority of these animals specifically to provide them with a peaceful release through euthanasia, often by request.

    Like you, we wish that there were other acceptable options available for every dog and cat who is sick or unwanted, but that’s not the case. The same issues regarding adoptability of injured, sick, or old animals exist everywhere, and “open-admission” shelters, which never turn their backs on any animal—unlike so-called “no-kill” shelters, which turn many animals away—are already unable to cope with the overpopulation of animals. There simply are not enough homes for them. Using Virginia shelters also means that there would be fewer homes for animals already in Virginia adoption facilities.

    Because there has also been a great deal of misinformation in the news about this case and its circumstances, we want to provide you with some additional background information—something that the media have not done and that CCF will hide from you. We started working in North Carolina in 2000, after PETA was contacted by a police officer who was distressed by conditions in a county pound. Most animals euthanized at rural North Carolina pounds do not die a humane death. When we step in to humanely euthanize animals—at no cost to the participating shelters—as we did in this instance, our involvement prevents animals from being shot to death with a .22 caliber firearm by a man holding the gun in one hand and the dog in the other, gassed to death in a urine-soaked, rusty metal box, or injected with a paralytic that causes slow suffocation without loss of consciousness. It prevents their suffering for weeks on end from untreated disease and illness, or worse. In some of those places, dogs had drowned in floods and frozen to death in winter. We are a “shelter of last resort,” offering a humane death to animals who would otherwise suffer a slow and painful end.

    The pounds that we work with in North Carolina do not have adoption programs or visiting hours set aside for adoption. Most of them do not even have staff on-site. PETA has begged for years, through formal proposals and numerous meetings, for officials to allow us to implement an adoption program as part of a larger picture of shelter improvements that would also include a spay/neuter program, a humane education program, 24/7 emergency services, and rabies vaccination clinics. PETA does not run a traditional adoption facility—we refer most adoptable animals to known shelters with high public traffic—but we have managed to place hundreds of animals in excellent, lifelong homes, including our own.

    In 2009, we completed work on a new facility in Windsor, N.C., which we furnished with proper pens and comfortable beds for dogs and cats. This heated building, which we built at our own cost, replaced decrepit pens made of chicken-wire and rotten wood that left these animals exposed to the elements and made humane handling virtually impossible. You can read more about this facility at To learn more about the conditions that led to our involvement in these North Carolina counties and about some of the many improvements we’ve been able to make, please visit

    Some might argue that the solution to this crisis of so many unwanted animals is to open sanctuaries. But the reality is that the math doesn’t add up. There is not enough money available to us or to anyone to build enough sanctuaries or organize enough animal-adoption programs to keep up with the number of unwanted animals, particularly those animals deemed “undesirable” because of their infirmities, age, or behavior. And redirecting resources into fostering and kenneling unwanted animals does nothing to stop the flow of more and more unwanteds. The source of the problem—trying to stop future unwanteds from being born—is where the money needs to go.

    We believe that spaying and neutering animals, supported by appropriate local laws, is the single most effective tool in reducing the number of unwanted animals. For that reason, our humane education and outreach programs promote spaying and neutering. Our goal is to create a society where every dog and cat has a loving home. We have always advocated fixing the problems of overpopulation through practical methods, including encouraging people not to patronize pet shops or breeders. This information, however, rarely gets coverage in the media.

    We also run three mobile spay/neuter clinics in Virginia and North Carolina at least six days a week. They focus much of their work in disadvantaged neighborhoods, where we offer no-cost to low-cost sterilization surgeries and other services such as flea/tick treatments, vaccinations, and worming. We sterilize thousands of dogs and cats each year, including feral animals—many free of charge and all others at well below our own cost. Since starting our first mobile clinic in 2001, we have sterilized more than 100,000 animals, including 11,229 in 2013 alone. Support for this program is much needed, as you can imagine.

    PETA has always spoken openly about euthanasia on our website and in our publications, and although we understand that it is upsetting to learn about it—euthanasia is sometimes the kindest option in this imperfect world, and we hope you understand that it is heart-wrenching for those of us at PETA and at shelters across the country who care deeply for animals to have to hold animals in our arms and see their lives slip away because there is nowhere decent for them to go. Euthanasia will continue to be necessary until people actively work to prevent dogs and cats from bringing new litters into the world and as long as people hide their heads in the sand and leave the dirty work to others. For more thoughts on PETA and euthanasia, please go to and To learn more about PETA’s lifesaving work, please visit

    • Did you watch the video of PETA people stealing the dog off the front porch? They killed that dog and the 10 year old girl the dog belonged to is devastated. There are other instances where they took healthy animals claiming they would find them homes and killed them in their van and put the bodies in the dumpster. I suggest you go to other sources for info on PETA.

    • Jenny Grinstead says:

      Thank you PETA for the wonderful work that you do. Ideally, every animal would have a loving home, but as we know, our world is not ideal. De-sexing cats and dogs is the number one way of reducing the over-population of these pets. As cute as puppies and kittens are, there is nothing cute about ill treatment, starvation, homelessness or having to euthanase these poor babies who are born and have no-where to go. Money helps, but people can help more.

  4. Audrey Crowell says:

    More millionaires should do this. It’s wonderful what he is doing! I am so sorry it has taken this deadly disease to open eyes. Other millionaires and billionaires could change our world. But, it is wonderful that he has done this.

  5. Thanks to Big Pharma and the FDA they control, one probably cannot legally give info on how easy nearly all cancers are to heal using natural healing, but Mr. Simon could research it for himself. Love to see him beat it.

  6. Thank you so much you will be remember

  7. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Thank you Mr. Simmons. Your concern for the defenseless makes you a heroe.


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