DURHAM, N.C. - Game show host Bob Barker, a longtime proponent of animal welfare, has donated $1 million to Duke Law School to endow a program to teach animal rights law, the school announced Monday.
The Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights Law will support education in animal rights law, including opportunities for students to earn course credit on cases involving compliance with state animal cruelty laws and other forms of animal rights advocacy.
It is similar to funds Barker has established in the past few years at law schools including those at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and UCLA.
"Animals need all the protection we can give them," Barker said in a news release from Duke. "We intend to train a growing number of law students in this area of the law in the hope that they will ultimately lead a national effort to make it illegal to brutalize and exploit these helpless creatures."
Duke Law Professor William A. Reppy Jr., who already teaches a course in the area, will lead development of more programs in the area of animal rights law. One of his ideas is to develop a clinic in which students will work with volunteer lawyers who handle animal rights cases in the state.