By Delinda Lombardo on
‘Price is Right’ host Bob Barker might have retired from TV, but he has not stopped campaigning on behalf of the animals. The legendary icon went home to Drury University to drop another major financial gift on his Alma matter, a check for $1 million!
Barker’s donation to Drury will go towards establishing the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship in Animal Rights. Named for Barker’s late wife, the program will offer intense course study on animal issues like cruelty and philosophy.
“What we’re doing here today is something they’re going to be talking about all across the country” said Barker. “At the very least, the students who take this class will have more respect for animals.”
“It’s taught by 6 professors all experts in their field. There’s no other class like this in the United States” said professor Dr. Patricia McEachern. Barker’s deep passion for animal rights was born about 40 years ago when he was asked to do TV commercials for an animal shelter in Los Angeles, after learning about the atrocities against animals, he felt compelled to get involved. "It’s become a real passion for me" says Barker.
Putting his passion where his checkbook is, Barker is not just funding animal study programs at Drury – he’s got eight other universities earmarked for the same program.
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