Bob Barker may best be known as the beloved host of the longest running TV game show in history. But “The Price is Right” host is also a long-time advocate for animals—a passion he explores in depth in his new memoir, Priceless Memories. ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells recently had a chance to chat with Bob about his upcoming book, his work for animals—and why he is such a big supporter of animal law as the most effective means to fighting cruelty.
Many of his fans will recall that Barker’s passion and dedication to animals prompted him to end every "Price is Right" show with a call for spaying and neutering dogs and cats. In 1987, it impelled him to resign from a lucrative 21-year job as host of the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants because their organizers insisted on having the contestants wear fur coats.
In 1994, he established the DJ&T Foundation with the goal of helping solve the tragic problem of animal overpopulation. The Foundation, named in honor of his wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Tillie—the women who inspired his passion for animals—funds low cost spay/neuter clinics and subsidizes hundreds of spay/neuter voucher programs across the country in an effort to help control animal overpopulation.
When the production company that owns "The Price is Right" wanted to honor Barker in 2001, they allocated $500,000 to do so. He let them know that the money would be best spent by donating it to Harvard Law School, which established the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights. He has since contributed another $500,000 to the fund and has also established similar million dollar endowments at the law schools of Stanford, Columbia, Duke, UCLA, Northwestern and Georgetown; his most recent gift was to the University of Virginia in January—$1 million dedicated to creating an animal law program at their law school.
At ALDF’s 2007 Future of Animal Law conference at Harvard Law School, Barker was honored with the first-ever ALDF Lifetime Achievement Award. Barker, who accepted his award via video, reminded a packed house to spay and neuter their companion animals! As he explains in Priceless Memories, since his retirement in 2007, Barker now devotes most of this time to the cause of animal rights. “As proud as I may be of my nineteen Emmys and my fifty years on television, I really feel that some of the most valuable things I may do in my life may be things I have yet to do. And I suspect it will be in the
area of animal rights.”
Hear what Bob had to say about becoming vegetarian, the “fur flap,” his support of animal law, and his dog, Jessie, who is sure not to be left out of the conversation. Come on down and enjoy, as one of America’s most iconic TV personalities returns to your screen to talk for a few minutes with ALDF! Check out the video on our site here!
HIS STRONG DEVOTION to the animals and the spay and neuter your pet after every show..
An earth angel he!!
Barker is beyond cool in a city where everyone is shallow and vain. You forgot to mention that he donated a ton of money for the elephant habitat for animals that were rescued. He is the best. I think there should be a Saint Francis Award given to people who give their lives and hearts to animals and he should be the first one to win the prize.
That's a great idea, Stephanie. If it gained a lot of publicity, it may also go a long way in making would be animal torturers stop and think.
Barker is a solid gold carat of An Animal Champion and he deserves to be commended for his unfailing effort.It's too bad we can't clone him for the preservation of animal welfare.Bob you're our Hero and all the animals think so.