Bob Barker, famous host of CBS’ “The Price is Right,” whose signature sign off was, “Help control the pet population; have your pet spayed or neutered,” just made another great stride to help animals.
The long time animal activist donated $1 million to the University of Virginia Law School to start an animal law program. Since retiring in 2007, Barker has donated millions to law schools including Columbia, Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern to develop animal rights courses.
Barker’s contribution is going to start the university’s first formal course focusing exclusively on animal law, which is expected to start in the fall of 2009.
“We are deeply grateful to Mr. Barker for his generous gift, which will enable us to expand our curricular and extracurricular offerings in this important and rapidly developing area of the law,” said Dean Paul Mahoney in a press release.
The school will also be using Barker’s generous gift to fund a writing program, independent studies and externships, along with bringing in guest speakers to educate students about various animal law topics.
Cases involving animals, like Michael Vick’s shameful dog fighting scandal, have incurred outrage from the public, and have lead to interest from a growing number of lawyers who are fighting on the behalf of animals.
The field is gaining momentum and recognition. Hopefully, it will continue to grow and result in stronger animal welfare protection and legislation.
Barker, who credits his wife Dorothy Jo for making him more aware of the plight of animals, also founded DJ&T Foundation to help with free and low-cost spaying and neutering clinics.