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Simpsons co-creator explains why he spent £5,000 to save a gay bull

Nick Duffy December 1, 2014

The co-creator of The Simpsons has opened up about his decision to spend £5,000 to save a bull facing slaughter for being gay.

Last month, a farmer in Ireland said he would send Benjy to the slaughterhouse for showing more interest in other bulls than with cows.

A campaign to save the bull was launched online – and Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon put forward the full £5,000 in order to save Benjy.

The fee will cover the cost of buying him, and moving him to a sanctuary where he will be allowed to move.

Mr Simon said at the time: “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.”

Speaking to Fusion, the 59-year-old TV magnate explained why he is driven to philanthropy.

Mr Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, and given three years to live. With no children and two ex-wives, he opted to give away his fortune.

He said: “I’m not driven by long-term decisions that someone would make if they’re trying to have as much money as they can when they’re 90 years old.

“I have a limited time on Earth to do what I can do until I’m gone. You are a little more aware of it when you’re sick.”

 

More: benjy, Bull, co-creator, Gay, Ireland, simpsons, the simpsons, US

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