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Simpsons creator steps in to save 'Benjy the gay bull'

By Amanda Ferguson

THE co-creator of The Simpsons has stepped in to save the life of ‘Benjy the gay Irish bull’.

Terminally ill Hollywood producer and philanthropist Sam Simon has donated £5,000 to a fundraising campaign to stop the pedigree Charalois being sent to the slaughterhouse.

The animal was set to be put down after he failed to impregnate cows on a Co Mayo farm but campaigners from The Gay UK magazine and Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) set up a fundraising campaign which attracted £4,000 of donations from Benjy fans all over the world.

ARAN has now started work on the transport arrangements to get Benjy from the farm in Ireland, where he had reportedly shown more interest in the males of the herd, to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in England.

Sam Simon, who heard of Benjy's plight through PETA, joined Matt Groening and James L Brooks to create the globally popular animated cartoon series The Simpsons in 1989.

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and has chosen to use his resources and the time he has left to help a number of animals in need, including getting 17 bears transferred from concrete pits to a lush new home and helping retire a lame horse used for racing.

John Carmody from ARAN said: “The response from around the worldwide has being so very encouraging, but to now hear that Sam Simon, co-creator of the world’s most popular animated sitcom is stepping in, is just icing on the already well baked cake.

“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.”

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