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'Benjy the gay bull' thrown lifeline by fundraisers

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A fundraising campaign has been launched to save 'Benjy the gay bull' from the slaughterhouse.

Irish animal protection group ARAN has teamed up with TheGayUK magazine in response to the animals plight.

Benjy hit the headlines last week after reports that he faces certain death because of suggestions he is gay.

A farmer bought the pedigree Charolais in the hope he would mate with the females on his Co Mayo farm but Benjy has shown more interest in the other males of the herd and failed to impregnate any of the cows.

According to experts homosexuality in nature is widely observed.

John Carmody from Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) said: "The plight of little Benjy is hitting the hearts and households of Irish society with the reality of what will face this innocent boy if someone somewhere doesn't step in.

"As a gay man myself, I know only too well what it is like to be treated indifferently, that's why I hope we can give Benjy a second chance in life whilst helping to bring attention to the problems facing all gay people everywhere around the world, and of course the many other Benjy's that are brought to slaughter on a daily basis who are not so lucky."

Graham Davies, Co-Founder of TheGayUK said: "We hope to raise £5,000 to buy Benjy and have him re-homed within the HillsideAnimal Sanctuary where he’ll be looked after till the natural end of his life.

"When we first heard about the story in the office we were quite shocked as poor Benjy isn’t being slaughtered because of illness, but instead because he was gay. Where’s the acceptance?

"Many LGBT people in the UK still fear judgment from others around them, so choose not to come out.

"We wanted to do something positive, to make a stand and say someone is on your side. Man or beast.

"We are offering certain rewards for your pledges, however the main reason here is to save Benjy from slaughter."

TheGayUK has set up a crowd funding page to raise funds.

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