Seventeen Emmy awards!----and an unwavering commitment to speak out for animals.
Barker’s signature sign-off at the end of every Price broadcast is unique. “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutercd,” he urges viewers.
He has been a vegan for more than 25 years and doesn’t wear any leather. During his tenure as host of the Miss Universe Pageant, he persuaded the show’s producers to stop giving away fur coats as prizes. When they later reneged on that promise, Barker resigned.
In 1994, he set up the DJ&T Foundation, named for his mother and late wife, which has raised tens of millions to fund low-cost spay and neuter clinics across the U.S. Ten years later, he established several $1 million endowments at top law schools for the study of animal rights law.
More recently, Barker has used his celebrity to campaign for the elephants at the Los Angele s Zo o. A t IDA’s request, Barker spoke on the animals’ behalf at a recent Los Angeles city council meeting. “There’s only one solution to the tragic, the embarrassing elephant problem going on at the Los Angeles Zoo,” Barker told council members, “and it’s to release those elephants from captivity and place them in a sanctuary.
To further that goal, Barker has pledged $300,000 to match donations in support of transferring Ruby, a 45-year-old African elephant, to a sanctuary . For over four decades, Ruby has endured the many pains of an elephants life in captivity . Since her enclosure-mate died last June, Ruby has been alone, which is cruel treatment for this highly social species. “I would personally like to see every zoo on the world closed,” Barker told ABC News.
Barker’s generous donation would help pay for Ruby’s care and maintenance at the sanctuary. IDA and the world’s exploited animals are indeed fortunate to have a supporter in Bob Barker. Although he’ll be retiring from The Price Is Right in June 2007, his work for animals shows no signs of letting up, especially his fight to see that Ruby is finally sent to a sanctuary.
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