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This Basketball ‘Game’ Racks Up the Fouls

Written by PETA | April 9, 2010

Protesters in the (in) defense (of donkeys) zone!
Donkey Basketball


Last night, high school students, parents, and PETA supporters gathered en masse outside Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington, to inform people who were attending a donkey basketball fundraiser that exploiting animals for a cheap thrill is both cruel and far from educational.

During donkey basketball “games,” participants often drag, kick, and punch the animals in order to get them to “play.” Full-grown adults ride on the backs of animals who are only able to bear a little more than 100 lbs., and this is dangerous for both the donkey and the rider. The only thing that spectators and participants learn from events like these is that it’s OK to dominate, torment, and humiliate those who are weaker than they are.

Dunk tanks and bake sales are just two of the many fundraising opportunities available in which all participants are willing participants. If you are a student or a parent at a school that wants to host a donkey basketball game, don’t let event organizers resort to cruelty in order to cash in—take action by contacting your school district’s superintendent and asking for a policy that bans the use of live animals in fundraisers forever.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • ocean17 says:

    sorry kids donkeybasketballs is a hideous cruel and unobjective speciesist bloodsport. the animals are humiliated and abused for no good reason other than dull and mindless entertainment. and take a look at this photograph here and tell if me you think the donkeys are having a good time and “want” to be a part of the game as others have suggested. sheesh. httpblog.peta.orgarchivesDonkeyBasketball.jpg

  • Kurt K says:

    ocean17 stop using some many adjectives.

  • John J says:

    ocean 17 Ralph is right on this one. I have organized many fundraisers and must say the donkey basketball game was by far the best. The animals are treated very well and the children love them. After the game everyone is invited to come meet the animalas and share in the joy of learning about how they are used to carry packs and do farm work. They are amazing creatures.

  • ocean17 says:

    anybody who calls this entertainment has a screw or two loose. seriously. Ralph we have been through this before your dull vapid abusive absurd forced and ludicous viewpoints make precious little sense and do nothing to end this cruelty to alleviate the suffering of these animals at these childish and sorry spectacles. and if you don’t understand sadistic animal abuse when you see it yourself directly maybe the problem is with your narrow and profane worldview. that perhaps some of the readers here of the PETA blog haven’t been to a donkey basketballs game means nothing and hardly proves that the animals aren’t routinely abused. your blanket accusations and “plain vanilla” careless generalizations are a poor substitute for the truth.

  • Ralph says:

    Do any of you actually know what really goes on in a game? Have you even gone to one to really see what happens? If not you don’t have a ground to stand on because frankly the “pulling kicking etc.” leads to the people getting ejected and a fine levied. Get an education by observing then protesting. You look like fools otherwise.

  • sarah says:

    Donkeys are pack animals and can carry more then 100 lbs.

  • Klara says:

    Thank you PETA for this compassionate action !!!

  • Caroline Kropka says:

    All animal ‘games’ ‘exhibits’ and ‘sports’ are horrible. I agree with you guys at PETA All involved living things must CHOOSE to participate.