After being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, announced via the WTF With Marc Maron podcast that he would be donating the majority of his fortune to charity. Besides being the brains behind an animated TV dynasty, Simon is also an animal lover and vegan. In the past, he has worked extensively with animal-rights organizations such as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and his own Sam Simon Foundation, which serves vegan meals to hungry people and dogs.
Simon was given the prognosis of three to six months to live and quickly decided to donate nearly all of his sizable Simpsons royalties (which he has said earn him “tens of millions” annually) to various animal rights charities as well as further the efforts of his own foundation. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Simon shortly after his announcement, in which he explained that the greatest change he would like to see in the world is the end of animal testing. “Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world,” he said. “It helps people’s health. Meat is the biggest greenhouse gas producer. There’s also the cruelty and suffering aspect. When people do meatless Mondays, and when people adopt instead of buying a dog, that’s a…victory.” Hear, hear.