'The Simpsons' Creator Just Bought A Fur Farm To Save 400 Chinchillas
Animal rights activist Sam Simon, also known for co-creating the TV show "The Simpsons," just saved the lives of 400 chinchillas at a breeding and fur farm in California.
(If you're not familiar with chinchillas, see this video for a little reference)
The move was in response to a recent PETA investigation at Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch in Vista, which uncovered disturbing animal treatment at the farm. The facility's owners were fronting as pet breeders, but admitted on camera to slaughtering and skinning animals who didn't "work out" as pets. Their slaughter method - electrocution - was inhumane according to PETA, and the animals were kept in substandard conditions, including cramped cages and a lack of social stimulation. PETA produced a video about the investigation and Simon's heroic rescue.
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Now, the 400 rescued chinchillas are at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where they will soon be available for adoption. They're adjusting to their new homes for now:
Simon, who is battling cancer while also traveling the world to promote animal rights, has become a beacon of hope for many animal advocates. He explained his motivation in a touching interview with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an organization he's been working with to stop the dolphin drive slaughter in Taiji: