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Bob Barker, Hero for the Animals

Bob Barker, Hero for the Animals

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.

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6:12AM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

What an honorable man! Thanks for your Love and Respect for the Animals.

6:53AM PST on Feb 3, 2009

I wish Mr. Barker would get involved in saving Tony the tiger www.FreeTony.com

Kudos Barker for all that you do.........

6:57PM PST on Feb 2, 2009

Bob Barker is a true hero and best friend to the animals! Another great thing he is doing is starting these courses. My hat is off to him.

6:57AM PST on Jan 29, 2009

Kudos to Bob Barker for his years of public awareness of spaying and neutering of animals! Such an iconic man!

2:49PM PST on Jan 26, 2009

This is 'paw'-some news! I knew he had that signature sign-off during his days on "The Price is Right," but I didn't realize he'd already given so much to the protection of the rights of our Four-Legged friends...even so much as helping to create a sector of law specifically devoted to bringing down those who would use animals for fighting, or who would abuse animals in general.

We could use a lot more like him...though I am sure that after he passes on, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and others like them will step up to the plate.

6:14PM PST on Jan 23, 2009

Kudos to Bob Barker! I always had the utmost respect for him even before I knew he was an animal defender. Thank you Bob :)

9:48AM PST on Jan 22, 2009

Good on him,I have a lot of respect for Mr Barker. I'd like to know how he feels about the horrors of declawing domestic cats in the USA, with a personality like him publicly against it it could only help in the fight to have it banned. http://www.petitionthem.com/default.asp?sect=detail&pet=4312

12:25AM PST on Jan 20, 2009

Gotta love that great news! It seems like we have been hearing better & better news lately, and this is one more! Love to hear about the low cost spay & neuter clinics. There are many people out there that can't afford to spay and neuter so this helps tremendously!

9:15PM PST on Jan 18, 2009

I've always loved Bob Barker! He is doing a very great thing for animals! I hope he lives a long happy life and knows how much we all thank him.

7:05PM PST on Jan 18, 2009

God bless him! That's fantastic. That's a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come.

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