Beloved TV Personality Bob Barker Honored for His Lifelong Animal Advocacy Efforts
Former host of “The Price is Right,” Bob Barker, has long been admired for his dedication to animal welfare. Collaborating frequently with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Barker has been a prominent advocate for various animal rights issues, including the protection of captive animals and opposition to product testing on rabbits.
Recognizing his contributions, PETA named their Los Angeles headquarters “The Bob Barker Building” as a tribute to Barker’s multi-million dollar donation. Furthermore, PETA honored him by naming a rescued horse after him. Barker’s generous $2.5 million donation went towards the construction of PETA’s Los Angeles headquarters, while an additional $1 million was provided to relocate elephants from the Toronto Zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary.
Spanning over 2,300 acres, PAWS provides a comfortable and safe environment for elephants, as well as other animals such as lions, bears, and tigers. Barker’s commitment to animal activism didn’t go unnoticed. In 2007, he was awarded the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ President’s Award for his outstanding contributions to the cause.
Beyond his on-screen work, Barker actively championed animal legal and ethics studies at various law schools worldwide. As a result, he was named an Honorary Fellow by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, solidifying his influential role in the field.
Barker’s philanthropy is not limited to animal causes alone. Having attended Drury University on a basketball scholarship, he has donated millions of dollars to his alma mater. Barker’s contributions funded a scholarship program, an internship fund, and established the university’s animal studies program.
Expressing deep gratitude, Drury University President Timothy Cloyd acknowledged Barker’s remarkable support. Cloyd stated that Barker’s generosity has had a profound impact on the lives of countless students and the global community as a whole.
Bob Barker’s legacy goes far beyond his iconic career in the entertainment industry. His unwavering dedication to animal rights and advocacy has made a tangible difference in the lives of animals, earning him a well-deserved place in the hearts of many.