Former host of ‘The Price is Right’ Bob Barker is well-known for his love of animals. Among his many efforts, he has paid to relocate Toronto Zoo elephants and rescued wolf dogs to a sanctuary, asked UVA to stop testing on cats, and funded a habitat for chimps rescued from research labs.
It’s probably a safe bet that he wouldn’t have wanted to lend a hand to the latest ‘Price is Right’ prize. According to the Calgary Herald, one contestant will win a “lifetime Calgary Stampede Centennial prize package.” Details about the prize have not been given out, but the episode is set to air at 11 this morning on CBS.
Calgary Stampede rep Jennifer Booth said “We’re not allowed to say because of the broadcast through CBS. They are keeping it a secret for the show.” The Canadian Tourism Commission set up the prize as a celebration of the Stampede’s 100th year.
Meanwhile, the Calgary Stampede has been accused of cruelty to the animals featured in its rodeo events. The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) campaigns against the Stampede and calls it “a cruel spectacle.” The organization writes “Fear, pain and stress are used to coerce animals into performing for the entertainment of human beings – a barbaric concept. Yet here in Canada, in the 21st century, we offer this as a tourist attraction and as a symbol of our culture.”
They express particular concern over the calf-roping events, in which calves are prodded so that they will run at full speed, and then are roped around the neck and pulled to the ground.
I wonder what Bob Barker will have to say?