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Gay bull Benjy saved from slaughter by creator of Simpsons

HIS lack of interest in the fairer sex meant he was set for the slaughterhouse.

But Benjy the gay bull will now live out the rest of his days at an animal sanctuary in England after a generous donation from Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons.

The Hollywood producer, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, provided €6,250 to buy Benjy and have him transported to his new home on December 11.

Simon's donation came after he heard about the Co Mayo bull's plight from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

It follows the support of more than 250 other individuals who together have raised €5,000 to save the life of the Charolais in a campaign led by the Irish Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) and TheGayUK.com.

"PETA told me about Benjy and I felt compelled to help. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he's gay would've been a double tragedy," said long-time vegan Simon.

"It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy's fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich."

ARAN founder John Carmody said Benjy's story reached audiences around the world.

"People never think that animals like bulls having feelings - they see them as nothing but a hamburger," he said.

"But with this, Benjy has personalised the plight of all these types of animals that want to live and be free of pain and suffering."

SUFFERING

Mr Carmody said Benjy is not the first documented case of an animal being 'gay'.

"It's been documented in over 1,500 species of animals. I've got emails from members of the public and they were sending in lovely stories of gay gorillas, penguins and bears," he said.

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