American director, producer, writer, boxing manager, cartoonist and philanthropist.
Sam wrote and produced for Cheers, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and other programs, as well as writing the 1991 film The Super.
In 1989 he developed the animated comedy series The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.
He has supported animals through a number of philanthropic avenues, including purchasing a vessel for Sea Shepherd and building a facility to help retrain dogs which would have been killed, but are now put up for adoption and to work as ‘service’ canines for people in need.
Now, Sam has funded the 2013 legal appeal of Morgan’s verdict. He has an affinity with orca, having seen them in the wild and comments about Morgan:
“Quite simply, Morgan, an intelligent, highly social animal that used to swim 100 kilometres a day in the wild, has been illegally abducted by the captivity industry and is now forced to perform idiotic tricks in a bathtub. She must be returned to her family. This is probably her last chance.”
In April 2013, Sam Simon was nominated for the BiLLe Celebrity Charity Challenge and the Free Morgan Foundation was his linked Charity. The public voted for (and the FMF) and we won with a (26470 votes, with Sam Simon 2288 votes ahead). All this support resulted in a €25,000 donation from the BiLLe Group, which will go towards helping Morgan. A huge thanks to the BiLLe Group for making this funding available and to Veronica W. for nominating Sam and Morgan (and of course, thanks to Sam and all the supporters who voted every day to help Morgan!).
Three Supermodels Support Morgan – They Are “Morgan’s Angels”
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
“I have a long-standing commitment towards protecting marine biodiversity and marine mammals through scientific understanding and conservation.
I have also been involved in returning animals from my father’s animal park, to the wild, where and when it has been possible.
These very same philosophies persuade to me to believe that Morgan, who is a wild-born orca, should also be given the chance to go from captivity, back to her natural environment.”
FMF expert Ingrid Visser and Fabien Cousteau
Fabien Cousteau is the grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and founder of Plant a Fish.
“The Free Morgan Foundation has my support for Morgan, or any healthy captive mammal capable of being released back into their natural habitat. Jailing people without cause is absolutely unacceptable in today’s society, so it shouldn’t be any different for fellow intelligent mammals.
We must strive for a world where we will no longer see these beautiful creatures in circus pens performing meaningless tricks for cheap entertainment. It not only rests on an archaic image of man conquering nature but instils a subconscious perverted moral of this being acceptable to spectators.
Endorsing and enforcing such actions as freeing Morgan and others facing the same plight is the only way we can evolve as human beings.”
Long-distance open water swimmer, Kim has pledged to support Morgan through her swims. Read about them on her website and her support for Morgan on her blog.
“As a dedicated open water swimmer from New Zealand I am proud to be supporting this important cause. I have been fortunate to have swum across numerous stretches of water throughout the world. It seems wrong that I have this opportunity as a human for an environment for which I am ill-equipped while these magnificent creatures are confined to watery concrete cell blocks, devoid of anything similar to their natural habitat for no fault of their own, save human greed. I ask other swimmers to reflect on their time enclosed in lifeless pools and wonder if they would wish that on animals created for the open seas.”
Wyland (Left) with Visser & Hardie (FMF experts)
Robert Wyland, internationally recognised for his artworkand his Wyland Foundationhas this to say about Morgan and her release:
“Aloha to all concerned, It has always been my opinion that that orcas shall remain with their families in the world’s oceans. I believe we should make it illegal for any peoples or nations to ever capture another killer whale now and in the future. I also agree with my good friend Dr. Ford in British Columbia, trusting him as one of the leading scientists on orcas today, that if an animal in captivity is a good prospect for release to its family group we should have the courage to support that effort.”
Founder of Ady Gil World Conservation, world class entrepreneur, Hollywood lighting director (founding partner in California-based American Hi Definition (AHD) and internationally-recognized environmentalist and philanthropist embraced Morgan’s cause and is supporting the Free Morgan Foundation for carrying out the Rehabilitation and Release Plan.
Ady Gil has made a pledge to support Morgan’s rehabilitation and release. He has generously offered to support Morgan’s cause with a further offer to help gain more support from his colleagues.
Read his pledge letter.
Julia is a Graphic Designer (www.juliakuivenhoven.nl) and designed the bold Free Morgan Foundation logo.
“Ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand I’ve drawn orca’s. They’ve always been my favourite animals, as not only are they fascinating but also beautiful creatures ! I followed Keiko’s story closely and collected new paper article, video’s and everything I could get, or was given to me. My opinion about captivity started at a very young age, I remember my parents taking me to the Dolfinarium Harderwijk one day, and it was a disaster. I wanted nothing more but to leave. For me, it’s the same with circuses. In my opinion, animals shouldn’t be kept in cages bathtubs or boxes, not for our entertainment and certainly not under the excuse of ” research ”
When I heard about Morgan I wanted to be a part of trying to help her. I created the logo for the FMF a logo. I wanted to design one that would stand out and be remembered. I’ll keep fighting for Morgan until she’s back in the ocean with her family”
World Record Freediver/TV Presenter/Environmentalist is an Ambassador for Morgan.
Visit Tanya’s official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about Morgan’s incarceration, and horrified that, despite returning to good health, she is being held captive in the smallest orca enclosure in the world for the sake of entertainment. I will do whatever I can to help the Free Morgan Foundation and their campaign to release this magnificent creature back into the wild.”
Cartoonist & Artist. Lee’s work graces the pages of the Free Morgan Foundation’s website and facebook page.
Lee drew our ‘Morgan’ cartoon holding the facebook sign and or Morgan cartoon holding the twitter sign, as well as the cartoon with Morgan signing the petition and a young (and older) orca pledging for Morgan.
Visit Lee’s art gallery online.
“Keiko (the real Free WIlly) was a large inspiration for me when I was younger and a great motivation for me to become involved with Morgan. Morgan’s case reflects Keiko’s case, and if we are not to do what was intended for Morgan originally, then where do we sit as a species? In my eyes, what has happened to Morgan was not right and for any animal in such a position, it will never be right.”
Popular American cartoonist famous for his comic Sherman’s Lagoon.
Jim Toomy’s cartoon, Sherman’s Lagoon appears in over 250 newspapers in North America and in over 30 countries worldwide. With a Master’s degree of Environmental Management, Jim’s cartoons often feature issues which pertain to the Ocean. Read an interview he did recently with Catherine Fox about how he got started and his interest in marine life.
Jim has drawn a special cartoon just for Morgan. Help spread the word and post the link to Jim’s Morgan cartoon wherever you can.
You Can Help Morgan
Help Morgan get a chance for freedom. The Free Morgan Foundation is a non-profit charity which relies on funding from generous supporters in order to pay for Morgan’s lawyer, court fees, as well as other costs. All money donated goes directly into Morgan’s cause. We thank you in advance for any support you can offer her.
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