by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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Even in retirement, Bob Barker continues to remind us not only of the virtues of animal rights — but also that you can make a tremendous amount of money as a game show host.

Adding to the countless sums he’s already donated over the years, the former host of the Price is Right announced plans to contribute $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University, to establish an undergraduate animal-ethics program. From the article,

”It’s incredible that I ever was able to go back to Springfield and give them a million dollars, because when I was there, I didn’t have 15 cents,” Barker told The Associated Press, adding that he graduated from the Missouri school in 1947. ”What I’m hoping is that this will become a model for other undergraduate schools. If young people are introduced to the terrible exploitation and mistreatment of animals in society, it will help influence them in anything they do,” he said.

Now that Barker has retired, he’s committed more than ever to being a force for animal activism. His latest initiative is legislation that would make the spay-neuter of pets mandatory in Los Angeles and statewide. ”For 25 years, I’ve been closing every ‘Price Is Right’ by urging people to have their pets spayed and neutered, and it did help. … But it hasn’t been enough,” he said. ”When your education and encouragement fail, you have to have legislation.”

Go get ‘em Bob! At 84-years young, we salute your passion to help out animals and donate cash to worthy causes. Plus, we can’t thank you enough for Plinko.

via starpulse

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Artemis

    Bob’s a great guy. And Plinko was the best!

  • http://kwanzoo.com oakling

    Now that’s dedication to a cause.

  • ash

    Awesome. Thanks Bob!

  • http://alabamakitchensink.blogspot.com sheila

    He’s back at Drury University in Springfield, MO today to deliver the check. He is a great friend of the university.

  • Andrea

    I agree that education isn’t enough to combat the pet over population problem. We definitely need legislation cracking down on puppy mill operations and pet stores that are still selling pets from these facilities.