A 'gay' bull has been saved from the slaughterhouse by animal-loving The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon.

The writer/animator, who is battling terminal cancer, has made it his mission to work with the world's leading animal activists to save creatures from death and torture - using his vast fortune - and, in his latest kindhearted venture, he has donated $7,500 (£5,000) to help keep Benjy the bull alive.

Benjy, from County Mayo, Ireland, was destined for the abattoir after failing to impregnate cows in his herd.

Gay and animal rights campaigners launched a joint online campaign to save Benjy after a local news story about the beast's sexual persuasion went viral, and the editors of online gay magazine TheGayUk launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money to buy Benjy and transport him to an animal sanctuary.

Simon stumped up more than half the $13,500 (Gbp9,000) raised so far and released a statement confirming his donation.

It reads: "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. It thrills me to help (animal rights group) Peta and (Irish animal-protection group) Aran make Benjy's fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich."

Thanks to his donation, Benjy will be transported from Ireland to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich, England.

Earlier this year (14), Simon helped animal rights activists at Peta take over one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California and shut it down, after learning the pet breeders there were electrocuting and skinning the pelts of chinchillas who didn't "work out" as companions.