Bob Barker Heads to Harvard to Give Keynote Address at “The Future of Animal Law” ConferencePosted on March 29, 2010
Beloved “Price Is Right” Host Joins the Animal Legal Defense Fund for Nation’s Premier Gathering of Legal Luminaries Whose Careers Have Gone to the Dogs
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Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Cambridge, Mass. – Bob Barker, the long-time animal advocate and beloved host of America’s longest running game show, The Price is Right, will be the keynote speaker at the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund’s “Future of Animal Law” conference being held at Harvard Law School, Friday, April 9 – Sunday, April 11. Mr. Barker has made recent headlines with his animal advocacy by publicly urging SeaWorld to close all marine mammal exhibits permanently, funding a $1 million dollar campaign to stop Pennsylvania’s live pigeon shoots, and donating $5 million to Sea Shepherd, which named their new anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker in his honor.
At the weekend’s soon-to-sell-out “Future of Animal Law” conference, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is bringing together many of the great minds at the vanguard of animal law and hundreds of conference attendees for three days of exciting panels and visionary speakers. Mr. Barker, who was honored with ALDF’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the last Future of Animal Law Conference, held at Harvard in 2007, will address the 300-plus conference attendees at the Saturday evening vegan banquet, to be held at the law school.
In June of 2001, the Harvard Law School established the Bob Barker Endowment for the Study of Animal Rights Law to support teaching and research in this emerging field. Mr. Barker has since established similar endowments at Stanford, Columbia, UCLA, Georgetown, Duke, Northwestern and University of Virginia law schools. His work on behalf of animals has garnered him a long list of awards from prestigious humane organizations across the country.
He also established endowments at his alma mater, Drury University, to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship on animal rights that will lead to a full undergraduate degree program; and the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights, which includes an undergraduate course on animal ethics. These are the first such programs at an undergraduate school and they are reverberating throughout the educational system.
In his memoir Priceless Memories, published last year, Mr. Barker noted, “As proud as I may be of my nineteen Emmys and my fifty years on television, I really feel that some of the most valuable things I may do in my life may be things I have yet to do. And I suspect it will be in the area of animal rights.”
“Bob Barker has been speaking out on behalf of abused and defenseless animals for decades,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “It’s an honor to have him join us as our keynote speaker as we consider the challenges that lie ahead for the next generation of animal attorneys.”
For a complete schedule of conference panels and events, including speaker biographies, visit www.animallawconference.com.
ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit www.aldf.org.