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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Pat Sajak not only host in the news: Bob Barker targets U-Va. cat training


(Damian Dovarganes - AP)
Pat Sajak’s revelation that he and Vanna White used to hit up the margarita bar before filming “Wheel of Fortune” isn’t the only item in game show news today. Former “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker has written a letter to University of Virginia officials in the name of animal welfare.

The Daily Progress reports that the iconic television personality and animal rights activist is upset over a medical training technique used at the school that university officials say helps students insert breathing tubes into critically ill newborns.

“I’m very concerned about the pain and suffering these animals experience — and I’m also worried that pediatrics residents are being short-changed on their education,” Barker, 88, wrote in a letter he provided to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine group Monday.

A university spokeswoman has countered by saying that it is the best available method to save the lives of ill newborns. In 2009, Barker donated $1 million for the creation of an animal rights law program at the school.

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