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'The Simpsons' Writer Sam Simon Keeps His Eye On Sea Poachers Even While Fighting Terminal Cancer, Sea Shepherd Mans SSS Sam Simon [PHOTO]

By Staff Writer | January 04, 2015 01:53 PM EST

Even in poor health, "The Simpsons" writer Sam Simon is doing all he can to prevent whaling and protect wild animals. According to CNN, the 59-year-old was told two years ago that he had colon cancer and had three to six months to live. Since then, he has been doing all he can to live the rest of his life happily and with a generous heart.

In an interview with NBC's Maria Shriver, Simon said of his cancer diagnosis, "They showed me my scans and said, these are the scans of a dead man...I said, 'Is it curable?' And the doctor goes, 'We don't use that word.'"

He continued by talking about his newfound commitment to animal rescue, stating, "Ingrid Newkirk, who is the founder of PETA and one of the most influential people in my life ... she came up with an almost therapy for me, where we planned and are still planning a series of animal liberations and actions that I get to participate in and enjoy and have something to look forward to at the same time."

The New York Daily News reports that one of Simon's boats was bought by the anti-whaling group, Sea Shepherd.  For those who may not know, Sea Shepherd is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. According to its website, its mission is "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species."

The newly named SSS Sam Simon recently spent five days in frigid Antarctic waters diligently removing a 15-mile long illegal gillnet abandoned by a Nigerian fishing boat. Gillnets can hang for decades, and kill all sea life they encounter by trapping fish by the gills and rendering them unable to escape.

Simon's contributed aid towards Sea Shepherd has been his most visible, and also his most controversial. However, Simon doesn't regret a thing. He doesn't even regret his cancer. He stated on the subject, "It has been a fight; it's been an adventure; it's been an education... It's been the most amazing experience of my life."

Tagged :  Sam Simon, cancer, peta, Sea Shepherd, health

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