Sam Simon, PETA and ARAN Partner Together to Send Benjy to Sanctuary!

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Sam Simon PETA Benjy was facing slaughter for being gay. The bull made headlines this month after a veterinarian declared his sexual orientation the reason why he wouldn’t breed and the farmer who owned him decided to fatten him for slaughter.

After learning from PETA about the bull’s plight, Simpsons co-creator and philanthropist Sam Simon put up the money to buy Benjy and transport him to a sanctuary where he’ll be able to live out his natural life with peace and dignity. Benjy’s transfer is expected to take place in time for Christmas.

“PETA told me about Benjy, and I felt compelled to help. 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”, says Sam, a long-time vegan. “It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy’s fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich.”

Sam is facing a life-threatening battle himself. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and has chosen to use his resources and the time that he has left to help a number of animals in need, including getting 17 bears transferred from virtually barren concrete pits to a lush new home, helping retire a lame horse used for racing, securing the transfer of a chimpanzee who had spent more than 18 years in solitary confinement at a zoo to a reputable sanctuary and running The Sam Simon Foundation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs. Benjy is just the latest on a long list of animals who have been saved thanks to his work.

In addition to the money fronted by Sam, more than 250 other people have donated to fund Benjy’s transfer through a crowd-funding initiative set up by Irish animal-protection group ARAN and

We hope those moved by Benjy’s plight will extend their empathy to the billions of other animals on farms who, like Benjy, are denied their most basic freedoms. People can do that every time they sit down to eat simply by leaving animals off their plates. Start by ordering PETA’s free vegan starter kit:


  • sharon chang commented on November 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    we need so many more Sam Simon’s

  • Aaron Saunders commented on November 19, 2014 at 1:38 am

    This is possibly the dumbest thing I have ever read. When the concern for animals out weighs the concern for other humans lives all is lost. To waste monetary effort on an animal bred and raised for meat or breeding is just plain foolish. The veterinarian that “diagnosed” this should be stripped of his license. Absolutely ridiculous. Get priorities straight here people… fellow man or animals?? Why is this even a question?

    • Samantha Wilson commented on November 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Aaron Saunders…you do know what the A stands for in PETA? If you hate animals so much, get off this site and crawl back under your rock.
      Have a wonderful new life, Benjy. x

    • Lori Celebioglu commented on November 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Just goes to show ya how people can be assholes when they open their mouths…so many humans are pathetic,ignorant,selfish,killers,robbers,abusers and the list goes on,I’d help an animal before I’d help a human anyday (cause ya suck!!!) PS don’t bother responding cause I don’t give a flying f**k what any of ya think of me..I’d rather come home to my animals anyday and would save one in a heartbeat

    • PA commented on November 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Hopefully one day humans like you will be slaughtered for meat and animals (especially herbivores) will be spared.

    • Bonnie Ramon commented on November 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Aaron, Your attitude unfortunately is arrogant. Just because people care and support animal rights does not mean they do not care about other humans. There is room in the world for both. Who are you to pass such judgement on a vet- a qualified professional? Showing a little more compassion for all creation will make you a more responsible citizen of our world

    • DRAY commented on November 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

      I think its you who needs to get your priorities straight, why do you think you have the right to declare that humans are better than animals. Take a good luck at humans and see just how destructive and cruel they are. Im proud to declare that I do not think I am any more worthy of my life than an animal. Your a very ignorant man.

    • Jean commented on November 23, 2014 at 3:16 am

      This is the question that everyone who makes comments like this are never able to answer for me: How is this story illustrating a concern for animals outweighing the concern for humans?

      Where ANYWHERE in this story does it say this bull was saved at the expense of some human life? What gives you the impression that the people involved in this story do not also care about humans?

      Why does helping an animal ALWAYS seem to be ridiculous to people like you and ALWAYS seem to equate that people mean less?

    • Leaf Song commented on December 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Firstly, nowhere did they say in this article that they saved Benjy instead of a human life. Honestly, I think that an animal has the same right to live as humans. You are just being very rude, selfish, and immature.

  • Don Reitsam commented on November 19, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Sam Simon is a god! What a great man.

  • EoinKoenigBaio commented on November 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Great work Sam! I know he’s not very well but he is doing a FANTASTIC job for the animals.

  • William Morris commented on November 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Yeah we wouldn’t want anyone to sound like an asshole would we. The fact that you have the nerve to call anyone pathetic selfish ignorant killers, makes you a hypocrite. I’m glad you love your animals so much, but the fact that you are accusing, and cursing at someone for speaking his mind is dumb. You both have good points, and the way Aaron worded it was pretty crappy, but when it gets to the point where its ok to say that you want humans slaughtered….I don’t even know what to say.
    That being said, the Sam Simon Foundation sounds good. It has its problems but its better than nothing. Even though I’d rather support a human-saving foundation, it’s better than doing nothing.

  • Harold L Hering commented on November 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Mr Saunders, I’m so sorry that you have such disregard, even hatred, for these beautiful creatures of God who are without a voice and so often terribly abused.

    Mr Simon you are my hero, sir. I do not have the words to express how grateful I am for all that you do for our animal brethren.

    My Christmas wish for you Mr Saunders, Mr Simon, for all mankind, and especially for all living creatures without a voice, is that we might live in loving harmony with one another.

  • Bobby Hall commented on November 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I go to kleb intermediate and try to tell them how it can be healthier for kids lunches if there would be vegan options and I’ve even told the principal but they ignore me and I see a meat truck outside my school everyday and it makes me feel so helpless that I couldn’t do anything to stop this now I loved animals all my life I feel they to have a heart of gold like humans,they have blood that’s red,love to give,feelings of pain and sorrow, so why do we put them through such he’ll how many time will this happen before people realize this.”The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way animal are treated” -M Gahndi

    • Anne commented on November 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Bobby,

      Thanks for speaking out for animals at your school. Even if it takes a little bit of time for other people to take the message on board, please don’t be discouraged! Every action counts. Check out for advice about how to go about ‘veganising’ your school cafeteria, or take a look at this resource:

  • Chloe A commented on November 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Good Work Sam! Poor Bull im a lesbian and reading this was irrating

  • Lisa Scharin commented on November 24, 2014 at 2:15 am

    GOD BLESS YOU for thinking of those who cannot speak for themselves or escape from their cruel, abusive lives!!!
    There is a place in Heaven for you-YOU are a GOOD Steward!!!
    Thank-you Sam!!!!

  • Lisa commented on November 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Really whats the problem here? they saved a bull because he dosnt fancy females or not in mood it not just women that say oh not tonight not in the mood so what if he likes other bulls and not ladies the point everyone missing here he was there for a purpose and if dosnt for full he gets killed just like an farm animal if they don’t do their job they get discarded and for who? us mankind no regard for the animal uve just eaten let him live has peace

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