- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved from the butcher’s block following a worldwide appeal supported by “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon.

Mr. Simon, who revealed he is suffering from terminal colon cancer, is paying for Benjy’s transportation to an animal sanctuary in England, after its Irish owner announced last week that he planned to send the non-performing bull off to slaughter. Benjy failed to impregnate any cows this year and tended to show more affection for other bulls, the Associated Press reported.

“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,” Mr. Simon said in a statement.

Benjy’s owner in County Mayo announced he was planning to send the bull to slaughter, prompting activists to launch a social media campaign seeking the $7,825 it would cost to send it to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, England, AP reported.

Mr. Simon, who donates to many other animal rights projects, said he heard about Benjy’s case through the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He said he was happy to donate the full original cash target to buy Benjy and ship him to England. Plans are being made to transport the bull on Dec. 11, the Irish Independent reported.

“It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy’s fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich,” Mr. Simon said.

ARAN campaigns director John Carmody added: “What could be better than to present Benjy with a Christmas gift that will literally last a lifetime, by giving him a one way ticket to freedom.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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