Benjy's first kiss: 'Gay' bull saved from slaughterhouse by Simpsons creator after he failed to show interest in female cows finds love at the sanctuary
- Benjy was destined for the slaughterhouse after he refused to breed
- Fundraisers including The Simpson's co-creator Sam Simon intervened
- Will now live out rest of his life at a Norwich sanctuary - after the snip
- Upon arrival was immediately given a welcome kiss from neighbour Alex
A bull which was destined for the slaughterhouse after a vet said he is gay but was granted a last minute reprieve following an intervention from a Simpsons creator has arrived at his new home.
Benjy the gay bull has today arrived at his new home at Hillside Sanctuary, Norwich, where he will undergo the snip before living out the rest of his days in peace thanks to terminally ill The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon.
And within seconds of his arrival Benjy experienced his first kiss - from Alex the one year old bullock living in the next door pen on the farm.
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The look of love? Benjy the gay bull was warmly welcomed to his new home at a Norwich sanctuary by Alex
Benjy arrives at his new home after being saved by fundraisers including Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon
Before Benjy can completely relax at the sanctuary he will have to undergo castration to calm him down
Benjy had been just days away from death after his owner became frustrated when he would not breed, but was saved following a fundraising appeal which included a generous contribution from Mr Simon.
But before the bull can completely relax he will have to undergo castration to calm him down and stop him terrorising the other animals.
John Watson, who works at the sanctuary, told Newstalk: ‘We will castrate Benjy, because once you castrate them you don’t tend to notice their sexual preferences so much – it settles them down.'
He added: ‘We’ve got three really gentle elderly cows that are going to be next to him in the barn.’
Benjy had been destined for the butchers after he failed to show any interest in the female cows on his farm in County Mayo and instead seemed to gravitate towards the other bulls.
The bull was saved by fundraisers including Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon (pictured)
A vet told his owner that it was Benjy's sexual orientation that was the reason he wouldn't and couldn't breed.
But Hollywood producer and long-term vegan Mr Simon heard about his plight and bought the animal's freedom by donating £5,000 to buy and transport Benjy to a sanctuary in time for Christmas.
Mr Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, recently said that he would give away his entire $100million fortune on animal rights causes.
Mr Simon said: '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.
'It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy's fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich.'
Mr Simon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and has chosen to use his money and the time he has left to help animals in need.
This includes getting 17 bears transferred from virtually barren concrete pits to a lush new home, helping retire a lame horse used for racing and securing the transfer of a chimpanzee who had spent more than 18 years in solitary confinement at a zoo to a reputable sanctuary.
He also runs The Sam Simon Foundation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs.
Given three months to live in 2012, Mr Simon immediately decided to team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president Ingrid Newkirk, and dedicate his time to the rescue of maltreated animals and conservation.
Benjy is currently blissfully unaware that before he settles in at the sanctuary, he must undergo castration
Benjy meets his new neighbours - three gentle elderly cows that are going to be next to him in the barn
Having defied that diagnosis’ original death sentence, Simon continues to push ahead and has also funded projects such as 'Feeding Families' to help with the underprivileged in inner cities.
In addition to the money fronted by Simon, more than 250 other individuals have donated to fund the bull's transfer via a crowd-funding initiative set up by Irish animal-protection group ARAN and TheGayUK.com.
A coy-looking Alex post-kiss with Benjy - he is a one-year old bullock living in the next door pen on the farm
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