Gay bull in Christmas miracle
With help from PETA, the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) and donations from around the world – including a £5,000 gift from The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon – Benjy, an Irish bull previously slated for slaughter because of his sexual orientation (apparently – I mean, how could they possibly know?), has been saved. He 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.
“I believe in compassion and empathy for all living beings – 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”, says Simon. “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,” he said.
Simon is a noted animal rights activist. Just last week in collaboration with PETA US – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” – Simon helped rescue two black bears from a roadside zoo in Tennessee.
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