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Former The Price is Right host Bob Barker readily admits that he's "an expert on giving away refrigerators," and not on animals, but that didn't stop him from sounding off about the treatment of bears at roadside zoos in a guest blog post for Larry King Live on CNN. Barker writes that the bears, who are owned by three zoos in Cherokee, NC, are "confined to desolate concrete pits or cramped cages where they often pace back and forth, walk in endless circles, get into fights with each other, cry and whimper and beg tourists to throw food at them." He's since enlisted PETA's help with appealing to the Eastern Board of Cherokee Indians--the group that maintains the zoos--to close them. (Via CNN)
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The Disney Channel launched its "Friends for Change: Project Green" campaign with a music video featuring some of the company's biggest stars: Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez. The song, "Send It On"--which includes lyrics like "There's power in all of the choices we make/So I'm starting now, there's not a moment to waste"--is the theme to "Friends for Change," which hopes to make environmental responsibility accessible to the younger set with easy suggestions like unplugging your cell phone charger and turning out lights.
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Arrested Development's Will Arnett, Mitch Hurwitz, and Jim Vallely have reportedly signed on to work together on another single-camera comedy for Fox--only this time, Arnett plays a "rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle or values," according to the Hollywood Reporter. While we're hoping the lady love's green ethics don't become the butt of every joke, we'd pretty much watch Arnett in anything. (via Ecorazzi)
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Musician Neil Young has done plenty for the environment--like running his tour buses on biodiesel, turning his 1959 Lincoln into a hybrid, and releasing environmental concept albums like Greendale and Fork in the Road--but next year he'll be honored by MusiCares as their 2010 Person of the Year for his musical work as well as his charitable contributions, from the 1985 Farm Aid concert to the yearly Bridge School Concerts, which raise funds for children with medical issues.
(Via Access Hollywood)