Fighting his own battle with cancer, Hollywood mogul Sam Simon devotes his fortune to rescuing animals from pain and cruelty.
For his latest good deed, the 59-year-old Simon has bought a chinchilla farm in Southern California to save the adorable rodents as part of a drive by animal rights activists to close the breeding facility. In what all parties described as a “win-win” deal, 90-year-old owner Lurlie Adams was able to offload the farm to Simon for US$50,000 (RM158,436).
In addition to buying the farm, Simon donated US$100,000 to the San Diego Humane Society to care for the 425 rescued chinchillas, which have now been moved to larger cages. They will eventually be offered up to pet owners for adoption at a cost of US$25 each.
“This is your last day of abuse,” Simon told the animals as he walked, accompanied by a nurse, through the facility’s cramped rows of mesh-wire cages on the day of the sale. “This is your first day of freedom.”