The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics honored animal-advocate Bob Barker as an Honorary Fellow, the university announced December 7. The award is given to people who make a contribution to the betterment of the lives of animals. Barker was acknowledged for his integral role in establishing animal law in US law school curricula, pioneering animal-law programs at universities such as Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Stanford. “We cannot change the world for animals without also changing people’s ideas about animals,” said Professor Andrew Linzey, director of the center. “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.” Barker is the first person from the entertainment industry to receive the award.
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