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'The Simpsons' Co-Creator is Buying Sea Shepherd a New Ship

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While Matt Groening and James Brooks are the two names most associated with the success of “The Simpsons” (the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series), producer Sam Simon also had a hand in making the show a reality.

He left the show in 1993, but as one would expect, continues to receive wads of cash each year. While not pursuing other interests outside the world of television (such as being a successful and avid professional poker player), Simon has put his wealth to good use. First there’s the “Sam Simon Foundation” dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. These animals then go on to become service dogs for the disabled. His foundation also offers a free mobile spay and neutering program for low-income pet owners.

Last year, he launched the “Sam Simon Foundation Feeding Families” which provides food for people and animals in need. Oh yea – he’s also a board member for Save The Children, hosts the largest annual fundraiser for PETA, and rocks a vegan diet.

In other words, Simon is seriously committed to making the world a better place for people and animals.

So it makes sense that we’re now seeing Simon linked to news regarding the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s next anti-whaling vessel.

At a fundraising party several days ago in Malibu to support Captain Paul Watson and his fight against extradition to Costa Rica, Simon told the crowd that he will fully fund another ship for the SSCS fleet.

“I think this is the year we are going to end whaling once and for all,” Simon told the crowd.

“He said they needed something fast, and they needed something with a reinforced hull to battle the Japanese,” Simon said jokingly. “So next whaling season— if there is one, we’re not sure—the ‘Sam Simon’ will be bashing through ice, and hopefully we can end the atrocity of whaling in the southern ocean forever.”

Whatever the Sea Shepherd end up getting, you can bet it won’t come cheap. The icebreaker MV Bob Barker reportedly cost somewhere around $5M. On the International Whale Protection forum, someone with knowledge of the new vessel promised “when you see it you might be surprised.”

Sam Simon – did you just purchase the Moonset? (Before people jump on me, yes – I’m kidding.) But it would still be awesome.

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  • Baptiste Support SSCS

    Is that confirm by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society headquarters ?

    • ecorazzi

      Not yet. But Sam Simon (@SimonSam) did re-tweet the story – so there’s confirmation from the man himself that the financial support is apparently there.

      • Dianna the Deadliest Catch

        I was at the Sea Shepherd event in Malibu Cali when Sam himself announced it for the first time so yes its true 🙂

    • Yep, it’s confirmed on the SSCS website and Facebook.

  • Absolutely brilliant of them!!!

  • Deirdretv1

    God Bless You Sam Simon for donating the money for a new vessel for Capt. Paul Watson and the Sea Shepard Society. You have answered the prayers of many. I have done a talk show for years on animals, the environment & spirituality and share your concerns for our planet.
    Much Good Karma back at you!

    Thank You,
    Deirdre Wilson
    Deirdrewilson.com

  • PokerRay

    Please, oh please, oh please don’t let it be another Ady Gil, Gojira, Star Wars thing-a-ma-jig. Hopefully it’s more of a “Bob Barker” kind of ship. The gimmick boats just aren’t worth it.

  • Kathy Moorehead

    This is so great! Thank you so much Sam Simon, and I agree with other posters. It needs to be a ship that can handle the Southern Ocean Sanctuary waters! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • romika3

    Funny, Watson is a no name now. Viewer ship is down on his pretend pirate show “Whale Wars”, perhaps this money should be donated to an organization that would look into determining the actual biomass of whales in the southern ocean. This then would for the bases for a management plan with a focus on sustainabliltiy….

    • PokerRay

      Good idea. And I’m glad that you are finally addressing the fact that the aforementioned research is NOT being conducted by the ICR.
      Which makes me wonder, why are you still shilling for this sham of an organization?

      • romika3

        Watson claims he and the SSCS is a conservation organization. When asked on Larry King about the population of whales he claimed to be protecting he couldn’t answer the question! If he is so concerned about the welfare of whales perhaps he should be doing some baseline studies. That’s real science and the first step towards supporting conservation initiatives. However it doesn’t make for good TV or satisfy Watson need to attach fishermen.

        • PokerRay

          And again, you are requesting scientific research that your employers claim that they are doing. So which is it? Is the ICR conducting research, as they claim, or are you calling them liars by stating that such research has not been undertaken at all?
          In any event, SSCS has never claimed to be a research organisation. They have always been clear about their goals. Again, something the ICR has spectacularly failed to do.
          Whalers are not fishermen. Therefore, no fishermen are being “attached”.

        • linda

          shut yer yap…I guess it would depend on which breed of Whale, there are many different kinds of whales. And it is impossible to know the population – they travel, far – and oceans are – um, quite large. So without his answer, let’s just look at reality for a moment… the amount they kill, and their small birthing capacity (one or two cubs) – hmmm, I wonder. Stop asking for verification and do the math. Paul Watson has more integrity and gut than anyone who talks poop about him. I’ve met the guy, on many occasions. He’s friggin mythical.

          • romika3

            There is no such thing as a “breed” of whale, there is no such thing as whale “cubs”…. You know nothing about the biology of the whale…

    • Captain Paul Watson

      I wonder where this Romika character gets his information. Whale Wars is getting terrific ratings and we are getting more support than ever. I think it just may be wishful thinking on his part.

      • Guest

        I watched Viking Shores for 10 minutes before changing the channel — what a joke.

        • PokerRay

          That’s Ok buddy. As long as they keep filming “Jersey Shore”, you’ll still have something to watch. Keep smilin’.

          • Guest

            PokerRay obviously that’s your program!

          • Frank

            I’ll have to take your word for it that “Jersey Shore” and “Viking Shores” are of the same quality.

        • Lauren

          Yea same here. A clumsy bunch of greenhorns that fall over their own feet. It could be useable as comedy though. Or throw’em onboard with Sig Hansen and crew. Now that I’d pay to see.

  • barbara careddu

    pls keep on defend whales because I can’t do it myself unlikely. I wish you all the best, you are going to win this!!

  • PokerRay

    Just received the email alert about the new ship. Icebreaker with (apparently) a helicopter deck. NOW I’m happy. No more model/toy boats. And the news is that it is already in very good shape. That means a lot too. Good news all around.

  • Harrington1

    We as Human Beings are determined to destroy everything that comes into our paths. While not knowing all of the information to determine a good logical outlook, I do know that we cant let well enough alone. One question that bothers me the most is not the Southern Ocean a Whale Sanctuary? Sanctuary means protection does it not? All of this is not appropriate, no one or any one country should be allowed to do as they wish,it is a Sanctuary! All this garbage about Paul Watson is just that Garbage…Go Paul, Go Sea Sheppard…Save the Whales.

  • The Princess named Kim

    I’m going to stop watching the Simpsons. I don’t condone in their support in such global terrorist groups

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