A bull named Benjy, bought for breeding purposes by a farmer in Ireland, had been slated for slaughter by his owner after he proved "unproductive," showing a sexual interest for other bulls, not cows. But thanks to an online campaign, and the support of one of Hollywood's most philanthropic animal-lovers, the "gay" bull will now live out his life on a sanctuary.
Shortly after news of Benjy first appeared in The Connaught Telegraph earlier this month, the Irish group Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) announced plans to intervene.
"I want to get this animal into a sanctuary either here or in the UK, where it can peacefully live out the rest of its natural life," ARAN director John Carmody told the Telegraph.
The group was able to convince Benjy's owner to sell him, and folks from the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in the U.K. said that they were willing to care for the bull for the rest of his life - but saving Benjy and ensuring a happier existence for him wouldn't come cheap. So ARAN partnered with online magazine TheGAYUK to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £5,000 [$7,830] needed to cover Benjy's purchase and living expenses.