South African-born entrepreneur David Bale was both a commercial pilot and a skateboard importer, but he was best known as a passionate activist of human and animal rights.
Bale used his piloting skills to provide air rescue and food supplies to needy communities in Africa. He served as a board member of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, an organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas; and supported the Ark Trust, an animal rights group that recently became the Hollywood office of the Humane Society of the United States. In 2002, Bale exposed how marine scientists were cruelly branding seals for tracking purposes on the syndicated television show, “Celebrity Justice.”
“David went through the world with few possessions and great empathy for all living things. He had the greatest heart of anyone I’ve ever known,” stated his wife, feminist author Gloria Steinem.
Bale, 62, died on Dec. 30 from brain lymphoma. He leaves behind four children, including actor Christian Bale.