May 17 2011

Bob Barker

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I just wanted to pay a little homage to someone I truly admire for his work as an animal rights activist, Bob Barker.

He’s most known for hosting ‘The Price is Right’ for 35 years. Some of you will remember that he ended every show by asking the audience to spay and neuter their pets.

At the time, I’m not even sure most people knew why he was asking them to do that.

Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 420,000 kittens!

Every year, 6 to 8 million abandoned or stray dogs and cats enter animal shelters—and half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of good homes.

With that short question, asked repeatedly throughout the years, Mr. Barker increased our knowledge of the issue and greatly reduced the amount of unwanted cats and dogs.

Since then, he has donated huge amounts of his own money in the interest of animal welfare.

In 2010, Barker donated $5 million to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to fight whaling. “I’m delighted to be able to help the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in its mission to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans,” said Barker. “There is lot of talk about preserving our ecosystems and species, but this is one organization that puts these words into action.” Thanks to Mr. Barker, the whaling season was cut short and the whalers were forced to go home!He also donated $1 million to SHARK to fight pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.

Barker has also donated $2 million to his alma mater, Drury University, to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights and to establish an animal ethics course at Drury.

Barker has also made several million-dollar donations to law schools such as the University of Virginia, Columbia Law School, and Stanford Law School, for the establishment of animal law programs.

In 2011 Mr. Barker helped circus animals in South America by donating two million dollars to Animal Defenders International. ADI organized the largest big cat rescue in its history when it airlifted 25  former circus lions from Bolivia to Colorado recently. Barker’s donation helped fund that rescue project, and ADI’s efforts to make sure the new ban on circus animals in Bolivia is enforced effectively.

Mr. Barker was quoted as saying, “Circuses are no place for animals, and lions and tigers should not be forced to live in small cages on the backs of trucks, or elephants forced to live in chains in the name of entertainment. I commend the Bolivian Government for taking this progressive step and hope that other South American countries, and indeed the USA, will follow suit. These animals have had a chance to start new lives in the US and a new era without circus suffering has started in Bolivia.”

The list goes on, but I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your amazing work Mr. Bob Barker!

2 Comments

  1. kathy hynes
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Posted By: kathy hynes

    Hi my name is kathy and i too so admire Bob barker. i am willing to assist in the quest to help the bear at Jambas ranch in NC; i with some embarrassment live an hour from there. I am now dead center in taking on Hoke County Animal control and a veterinarian for what happened to a dog entrusted to them. the full story can be found at http://www.rayssadstory.blogspot.com.
    Please share this with Mr barker.

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:58 am | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi Kathy, Thank you for sharing and passing this information along! I’m going to check out the link now.
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth

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