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    Bob Barker Donates Money for Animal Rights Class

    February 26, 2008

    On February 11, former game show host Bob Barker donated $1 million towards the creation of an undergraduate animal ethics class at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.

    Barker, a 1947 graduate of the University has been a long-time advocate of animal rights and spent several months coordinating the class structure with Patricia McEachern, an associate professor of French at the university.

    This is not the first time Barker has pushed the animal rights agenda. Barker hosted the Miss USA pageant in 1987, and asked producers to stop using fur coats. He resigned from hosting the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants a year later when producers would not stop using fur coats as prizes.

    The course will study animal ethics through religion, environment, criminology, philosophy, biology and law. It will be offered as a semester-long class beginning in either fall of 2009 or spring of 2010. Various pro-animal rights faculty are enthusiastic about teaching the new course.
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella

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    Missouri Deer Collision Bill Will Cost Sportsmen

    Missouri Deer Collision Bill Will Cost Sportsmen

    April 7, 2008 (Missouri)

    A bill recently introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives will end up costing the sportsmen of the state and could set a negative precedent on who is responsible for any kinds of damage caused by wildlife.

    House Bill 2498 requires the Missouri Department of Conservation to pay to the owner of a motor vehicle the first $250 of any damage caused to a vehicle that collides with a deer.

    Outdoorsmen must rally against the bill, as wildlife is the responsibility of all people of the state. Money to cover the damages of deer/vehicle collisions should not be taken from the funds provided to the Missouri Department of Conservation by the licensing fees of sportsmen. Those fees must continue to be used for scientific conservation of the wildlife of the state.

    As written, HB 2498 states that vehicle owners must provide “clear and convincing evidence” that the damage was caused by a collision with a deer and that the owner was legally operating the vehicle at the time of the accident. The provisions of the bill say there must have been contact with a deer and do not cover damaged caused to a vehicle due to avoiding a deer.

    The bill was introduced on Friday, March 28 by Representative John Quinn (R-Chillicothe) and was co-sponsored by Representatives David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), Therese Sander (R-Moberly), Steve Hunter (R-Joplin) and Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown).

    Take Action! Missouri sportsmen should contact their state representatives and ask them to oppose HB 2498. To contact your representative, call (573) 751-3659 or use the Legislative Action Center at
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella