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Barker connection brings free screening of award-winning “Lion Ark” to Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 2, 2016 — The award-winning film “Lion Ark” – the story of the dramatic rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia – makes its Missouri premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, November 7 at Drury University’s Lay Hall Auditorium ahead of its release on DVD later this month.

Moviegoers can enjoy “Lion Ark” free of charge, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescue team. Director Tim Phillips and Jan Creamer of Animal Defenders International will be present. The film is opening a nationwide roadshow in Springfield in honor of Bob Barker, who funded the dramatic rescue mission documented in the movie. The Drury University Forum on Animal Rights, which is hosting the screening, is entirely supported by the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights.

Tickets can be claimed online or by calling (417) 873-7328.

“Lion Ark” tells the story of the daring rescue by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to enforce a ban on the use of animals in circuses in Bolivia. More action adventure than traditional documentary, “Lion Ark” is up close and personal, in the thick of the action. Circuses defy the law but are tracked down, animals are saved, and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom. The critically acclaimed movie took film festivals by storm, earning 11 awards and garnering praise from critics and outlets such as the New York Times and National Geographic.


“I am delighted to have helped ADI give these animals a wonderful new life after they have endured so much misery,” says Bob Barker, a 1947 Drury graduate. “Circuses are no place for animals, and lions and tigers should not be forced to live in small cages on the backs of trucks, or elephants forced to live in chains in the name of entertainment. Circuses with animals are cruel and archaic.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Missouri premiere of the dazzling, magical, and award-winning, ‘Lion Ark’ at Drury University,” says Dr. Patricia McEachern, Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor for the Study of Animal Rights. “The evening will be made even more special by the presence of Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips who will share their amazing experiences with the audience. We are so proud of alumnus Bob Barker, a genuine hero to animals, without whom this event would not be possible.”

Find out more about “Lion Ark” and view a trailer at


MEDIA ADVISORY: Bob Barker to return to his alma mater on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

WHO: Bob Barker, former host of the Price Is Right and a 1947 Drury graduate

WHAT: A presentation ceremony. Mr. Barker is donating several of his awards, including his most meaningful and prized award, earned during his more than 50 years in television.

WHEN: Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The Shewmaker Communication Center on the Drury University campus. Due to space restrictions, the event is a private ceremony for the Drury community.

BACKGROUND: Mr. Barker graduated from Drury in 1947 with a degree in economics. During his time at Drury, Mr. Barker got his start in broadcasting at Springfield radio station KTTS. Upon graduation, he continued his radio career with The Bob Barker Show; he moved to television and hosted Truth or Consequences from 1956–75. He debuted as the host of what was then called The New Price Is Right in September 1972 and remained the host until his retirement in 2007.

Bob Barker

Mr. Barker’s recent visits to Drury:

  • Drury awarded Mr. Barker with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007, and Mr. Barker was the commencement speaker.
  • Long known for his love of animals and as a supporter of animal rights, Mr. Barker donated $1 million to Drury in 2008 to establish the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights.

  • In the fall of 2008, Drury re-named a street on campus “Bob Barker Boulevard” and Mr. Barker spoke at the dedication.

  • In 2009, Barker donated $1 million to Drury to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights named in honor of Barker’s late wife. Dr. Patricia McEachern holds that endowed professorship at Drury.

Mr. Barker’s generosity has led to the formation of an Animal Studies minor at Drury. Drury has taken the lead nationally in establishing a minor in the rapidly emerging academic field of Animal Studies. The foundational course for the minor is Animal Ethics. Eight different faculty members teach the course making it the only one of its kind.

MEDIA NOTES: Media outlets are invited to cover the event and to photograph and videotape the ceremony. Mr. Barker will have a media availability in the Shewmaker Communication Center’s studio for approximately 15 minutes following the ceremony.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, Email:


Drury University launches Animal Studies minor funded by Bob Barker

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 1, 2012 — Students at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. now have the opportunity to earn a minor in Animal Studies thanks to donations from Drury alumnus and former Price is Right host Bob Barker. According to Dr. Patricia

Dr. Patricia McEachern

McEachern (Mc-Karen), the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, several students have already begun pursuing the minor.

“This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of colleges and universities nationwide,” said Bob Barker, Drury alumnus. “All of us associated with Drury are applauding Dr. McEachern and the excellent instructors she has assembled to present the courses.”

Bob Barker

Since 2008, Barker has donated $2 million to his alma mater to establish the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights and the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights.

“The Animal Studies minor is for students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the diverse ways in which the lives of animals and humans intersect,” says McEachern. “The interdisciplinary nature of the minor allows students to consider historical and contemporary interactions between humans and animals from a range of perspectives.”

The foundational course for the minor is Animal Ethics. It is team-taught by instructors from the fields of biology, criminology, philosophy, psychology, religion and sociology.  Besides Animal Ethics, the other five courses required for the 18 credit hour minor are: Animals in Literature, Animals and Society, Animal Law, Social Movements and an Undergraduate Internship Experience.

Visit the website to learn more about the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights.

Contact: Dr. Patricia McEachern, Director of the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights and the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, Office: (417) 873-7875, Mobile: (417) 350-5302, e-mail:


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Drury alumnus Bob Barker receives Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics academic honor


The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics has selected multi Emmy award winning television personality, philanthropist, educational pioneer, and Drury graduate Bob Barker, ’47, as its sixth Honorary Fellow. The award is given to outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the protection of animals.

The Centre is an international academy of scholars pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. It is the first Centre of its kind in the world and has already established a new book series on animal ethics (with Palgrave Macmillan) and is shortly to launch a new Journal of Animal Ethics with the University of Illinois Press.

Barker has pioneered the teaching of animal law in the United States by generously endowing America’s top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Northwestern, Duke, Georgetown, Columbia and University of Virginia. He endowed a chair in animal rights at Drury University in 2008. These endowments have enabled for the first time hundreds of university students to study animal law and ethics.

“This award acknowledges Mr. Barker’s ground-breaking contribution to the establishment of animal studies within academia” said Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. “His pioneering work in putting animals on the intellectual agenda will be of lasting historical importance to the cause.”

“We cannot change the world for animals without also changing people’s ideas about animals. Almost single-handedly Bob’s sagacity and generosity have – in little more than a decade – propelled animals from being a marginal issue into the academic mainstream. This is a colossal achievement”, said Professor Linzey.

Barker is best known for hosting CBS’s The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007, and used his success as a platform to improve the lives of countless animals by ending each telecast with the phrase “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

Every year the Centre invites one or more notable individuals to become Honorary Fellows. Barker joins a prestigious line up of current Honorary Fellows including the Nobel Laureate for Literature, Professor J. M. Coetzee, the distinguished international philanthropist, Dr Irene W. Crowe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, Professor Joy Carter, Madame Jeanne Marchig, founder of the Marchig Trust for Animal Welfare, and Professor Justus George Lawler, theologian and scholar.

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Notes to editors

  • The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, founded in 2006 by its director Professor Andrew Linzey, is an independent Centre with the aim of pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic, research, teaching and publication. The Centre has more than 60 Fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines from throughout the world. For more information about the Centre and its Fellows, please see its website at
  • The Centre’s current projects include a new series of fifteen books on Animal Ethics with Palgrave MacMillan publishers, a new journal called the Journal of Animal Ethics published by the University of Illinois Press from January 2011, and a university Masters degree in Animal Ethics, currently in development, which will be the first online qualification from the Centre to be available to students throughout the world.
  • The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey is a Member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. He has written or edited 20 books, including Animal Theology (SCM Press/University of Illinois Press, 1994), Creatures of the Same God (Winchester University Press, 2007), and Why Animal Suffering Matters (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • The Centre is dedicated to the memory of the celebrated Catalan philosopher José Ferrater Mora. His prodigious scholarship is widely acclaimed, and the Centre honours his name because of his outstanding contribution to humanitarian thought, particularly in the area of animal ethics.