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Reprieved gay bull celebrates Christmas in new home

Besi Besemar December 15, 2014

Benjy will celebrate Christmas in a Norwich sanctuary after being granted reprieve from slaughter.

Bengy prepares for his close up
Bengy prepares for his close up

Benjy was previously slated for slaughter because of his sexual orientation, arrived at Hillside Animal Sanctuary today, where he will breathe fresh air, graze freely and never again face the threat of the butcher’s block.

With help from PETA the Animal Rights Action Network and donation from around the world¬†including a ¬£5,000 gift from¬†The Simpsons¬†co-creator Sam Simon, Benjy’s future has been secured to live out his life in peace at the Animal Sanctuary.

Sam SImon
Sam SImon

Sam Simon, co-creator of the Simpson, said: “I believe in¬†compassion and empathy for¬†all¬†living beings¬†‚Äď regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or species. That’s why when PETA told me about ‘Benjy, the gay bull’, I felt compelled to help.”

“All animals have a dire destiny in the meat and dairy industries, but for Benjy to have been killed because of his sexual orientation would have been a double tragedy.”

“My health won’t allow me to travel to the UK to see Benjy in his new home, but it thrills me to know that his fate is a sanctuary rather than a sandwich, and I know the folks at PETA and ARAN will keep me updated on his progress.”

Simon also hopes Benjy’s story will inspire others to help animals.

Bengy checks out the totty
Bengy checks out the totty

He continued: “While it will be a happy holiday season for Benjy, it won’t be for the millions of other animals on farms living in their own filth, denied everything that is natural and important to them.”

“I’d encourage anyone moved by Benjy’s plight to help other animals like him by choosing to leave all animals off their plates and opt for a vegan Christmas dinner.”

Since Simon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, he has used his resources to help many animals in need, including helping to 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.

Last week in collaboration with PETA US ‚Äď whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” ‚Äď Simon helped rescue two black bears from a roadside zoo in Tennessee.

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