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Donkey Basketball: For the Abuse and Humiliation of the ‘Game’

Written by PETA | January 15, 2010

There are plenty of movies about basketball that will make any true sports fan groan: BASEketball, Space Jam, The Air Up There … but I’d willingly sit through a marathon of those movies before setting foot into a gymnasium that allows “donkey basketball” to take place.

 

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Donkey Basketball

 

Donkey basketball is cruel and, just as the name suggests, more ludicrous than anything the movies could ever concoct. During this “sport,” which some schools use as a fundraiser, high school students ride donkeys, and the animals are subsequently dragged, kicked, and punched by participants who have no animal-handling experience. The game sends the message to kids that it’s OK to torment and humiliate those who are weaker than they are. And in order to keep the donkeys from having “accidents” on the court, the animals are often deprived of food and water for hours before the “games.”

Beating, starvation, and thirst—sounds like a ball, right? Yet Streator High School in Illinois plans to hold one of these “games” as a fundraiser next Monday. We’ve already written to the school urging the superintendent to cancel the game and implement a policy against the use of live animals for entertainment. Now we are asking you to urge Streator High School to cancel this barbaric event. If you know of any schools or organizations in your area that intend to host a donkey basketball game, ask them for a permanent ban on the use of live animals for entertainment as well.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Jay says:

    Thanx in the name of the donkeys and it’s understandable to act on emotion after watching some footage! Not so easy to express it politely sometimes.

  • Ralph says:

    Jade while I agree with Emma that calling me an idiot was going a little far you are right. At least you are evenkeeled when it comes to namecalling. Just next time be a little more careful and polite.

  • Jade says:

    Emma “re namecalling. ‘at least i can admit this you and vegancoin refuse to’ Where have i refused to admit this? I never said it was a one way street i said you are just as bad and its tit for tat. I can see you both namecalling each other but i just pointed out to you that your not innocent. ” Fine point taken but vegancoin refuses to which you clearly see. Oh and BTW I haven’t called him names I have made accusations about his intellect as he has mine. Huge difference. Emma “All im trying to say but you refuse to listen is that TO ME personally i think its cruel.” I’ve never said that. Please do not misconstrude my comments to fit your views. Emma “You even posted and i quote ‘An opinion is fine..but using propaganda cheapens your opinion’ Now please answer me this jade Where in my posts have i used propaganda?” You are inserting yourself into vegancoin’s directs. I will not answer this for that reason. Emma “I have always claimed to never have seen a game be it live picture or video I have said many times IN MY OPINION i think its cruel now you apparently dont have a problem with peoples opinions so why the the constant arguing with me personally.” My beef is that people here seem to think that seeing propaganda and such without really doing research on what goes on in this game is more valuable than a person’s who actually knows the entire side of the story giving their opinion. This is something that you have basically given me you do not know if all of the games are cruel you just feel they are. Emma “Its as though you just arent happy that i dont like it and i think the game is daft.” I’ve said before I have no problems with your comment the game is daft it is however I have a beef when again as I said that people claim that abuse has happened when in fact that is not the case these animals at worst get a couple of jabs in the ribs. Hardly cruel it’s a correctional technique that does work. And again anyone who truly BY THE HONEST DEFINITION abuses these animals they are ejected from the game fined and jailed. Emma “If the roles were reversed i would simply say to you ‘well thats your choice and your entitled to your opinion’ but you constantly come back with ‘you havent seen it so you failed your opinion is false’ or words to that effect.” No you want the truth? My comments would actually be ridiculed just as harsh if not more so by maybe not you but others. In fact I’m surprised actually that more people haven’t spoken out against me for even merely stating my opinion that a very strict rule needs to be implemented in the game not that it should be removed entirely. Maybe I do actually have an idea that for once people agree with here? And yes vegancoin’s debate fails when he uses propaganda and not facts. Even an opinion in my opinion is fair but saying that there is abuse in the game but using obviously fabricated footage of video stopped to appear something is going on when it isn’t is FALSE and therefore a failure to prove a fact to back up his stance especially when claimed as a fact. Emma “And might i just add You also called ralph an idiot for no reason the very guy who agreed with you throughout and all you could do was call him an idiot before you start naming and shaming vegancoin i’d stop and think about the things you have said too.” He took credit for something I wrote. I still maintain that anyone who says that first hand experience is not credible uses words in the improper way and resorts to childish name calling to try to get his point across still earns that shaming. I also feel he deserves shaming because I truly think he’s smarter than what he appears to be and could use more credible sources to tout his claim that animals are abused in this game. If he’s really smart he could be using better sources than what he’s been using all of the quoted issues he’s been using are in fact propaganda or emotional sources. If he gives me a factual source of a case where these animals have been cruelly tortured in basketball or cruelly humiliated then I’ll back off my stance.

  • jade says:

    V “gee whizz… nothing but red herrings dullard disinformation and artificial and deformed drunken “macho man” ad hominem strawmen.” 1. Again you’re using words improperly. 2. I’m using facts and researched facts. You are using propaganda and emotion. V “donkeybasketball is animal abuse by definition. it is sadistic abuse it does humiliate the animals it is horrific mistreatment of these fine and intelligent animals. the photograph above tells the whole story. your tearyeyed “nutball” asssessments are meaningless profane and devoid of logic.” I still maintain you’re only watching propaganda and relying on emotion. So your comments are useless and meaningless until you start spewing facts. V “…you learn to read a donkeys eyes. He can tell you his entire life story with just one glance. A donkey cant read cant use a computer or a telephone doesnt have a mortgage to pay and cant even tell you what is on TV. He has time. With a lifespan of 40+ years he is in no hurry to give up his secrets. He wants to tell you but only if you have the patience to listen. And he tells you with his eyes. Aggression fear love and hate are all reflected in those large brown orbs.” Emotional tactic end of story. You haven’t seen a donkey Vegancoin and trust me with ANY animal you can’t tell their whole life story by looking in their eyes. The rest of it is the same way how do you know these donkeys are rescued from a donkey basketball game? How do you know they weren’t truly abused beaten bloodied blinded deafened by some truly sadistic person. As I’ve said when you don’t go to a game or don’t do research instead relying on propaganda and blantantly manipulated propaganda at that and emotion you will never truly understand what you’re talking about.

  • Marnie says:

    Hats off what a great deal of attention I hope a lot of people begin to think about donkey basketball. I believe in humans and their compassion for animals watch this side…

  • emma says:

    re namecalling. ‘at least i can admit this you and vegancoin refuse to’ Where have i refused to admit this? I never said it was a one way street i said you are just as bad and its tit for tat. I can see you both namecalling each other but i just pointed out to you that your not innocent. All im trying to say but you refuse to listen is that TO ME personally i think its cruel. You even posted and i quote ‘An opinion is fine..but using propaganda cheapens your opinion’ Now please answer me this jade Where in my posts have i used propaganda? I have always claimed to never have seen a game be it live picture or video I have said many times IN MY OPINION i think its cruel now you apparently dont have a problem with peoples opinions so why the the constant arguing with me personally. Its as though you just arent happy that i dont like it and i think the game is daft. If the roles were reversed i would simply say to you ‘well thats your choice and your entitled to your opinion’ but you constantly come back with ‘you havent seen it so you failed your opinion is false’ or words to that effect And might i just add You also called ralph an idiot for no reason the very guy who agreed with you throughout and all you could do was call him an idiot before you start naming and shaming vegancoin i’d stop and think about the things you have said too.

  • vegancoin says:

    jade gee whizz… nothing but red herrings dullard disinformation and artificial and deformed drunken “macho man” ad hominem strawmen. donkeybasketball is animal abuse by definition. it is sadistic abuse it does humiliate the animals it is horrific mistreatment of these fine and intelligent animals. the photograph above tells the whole story. your tearyeyed “nutball” asssessments are meaningless profane and devoid of logic. “…you learn to read a donkeys eyes. He can tell you his entire life story with just one glance. A donkey cant read cant use a computer or a telephone doesnt have a mortgage to pay and cant even tell you what is on TV. He has time. With a lifespan of 40+ years he is in no hurry to give up his secrets. He wants to tell you but only if you have the patience to listen. And he tells you with his eyes. Aggression fear love and hate are all reflected in those large brown orbs. I have learned to step off the world when I am with them I figure that it will keep spinning awhile without me. My donkeys need someone who can give them undivided attention. Like any sensitive creature a donkey wants you to know what he has been through. He needs to tell you that he was never given a kind word or touch that he was left all alone with no one to talk to. But he will only tell you on his terms in his way and only if you are willing to listen. I have spent weeks sitting in the corner of a pen waiting for the story to unravel. One donkey had so much fear that if I approached him he would shake so violently that he would literally fall over. There Id sit paying for the sins of others waiting for the donkey to become comfortable with me in his pen. Slowly after several days advancing to a hand fed carrot they used to beat me. A few weeks later a soft touch on the forehead every time anybody came near me it hurt. Much later a brush stroke on the back they threw rocks at me when I brayed. I have heard every one of these stories from the donkeys in my care.” source httpwww.donkeyrescue.org plight of the american donkey support meat free monday

  • Jade says:

    V ” jade there you go again with the witless and moronic assertions that donkeys like to be mistreated they actually enjoy and want to be horrifically abused. such inane foolish misleading commentary the vapid disinformation you spew here as absolute truth is laughable. your ignorant conclusions childish indifference and uncritically minded megaDUMBYist apathy is an eyesore. your moral cowardice is showing and it ain’t a pretty sight.” Vegancoin there you go again being a child and resorting to ignoring what I write and inserting what you wish of it. Go to a game or do unbiased research before you say that they are being treated in a “horrifically abused” manner. My dear sir you are frankly the moron and DUMBYist here no one not even those who watch these games would EVER EVER EVER allow an animal to be treated horrifically. The photo you are seeing is a STANDARD reaction to donkeys you clearly show to me that you have NEVER seen a real donkey in person. You use propaganda to try and make your point but it is blantantly false and misleading. I even alerted YouTube to the one link you mentioned and emailed to them why it was false and misleading it’s STILLED video to make a photo of something that doesn’t exist in these games. So let’s be real here the “such inane foolish misleading commentary the vapid disinformation you spew here as absolute truth is laughable.” That is YOU vegancoin. Be smart take steps to stop this game like I have. Don’t be the moron I know you’re not by saying I’m illinformed of these games and resort to childish namecalling. Results can and do happen in keeping this sport at a minimum if it happens at all. I’d say the only mule here is you.

  • vegancoin says:

    jade there you go again with the witless and moronic assertions that donkeys like to be mistreated they actually enjoy and want to be horrifically abused. such inane foolish misleading commentary the vapid disinformation you spew here as absolute truth is laughable. your ignorant conclusions childish indifference and uncritically minded megaDUMBYist apathy is an eyesore. your moral cowardice is showing and it ain’t a pretty sight.

  • Jade says:

    Emma what I read here on the board is clearly propaganda. I may be blessed in being able to visit the world around me but it does at least allow me to show the facts of what is going on. Also on issues you can’t personally go to see for yourself you can do research online of the groups from the groups themselves. My issue with you and vegancoin is you claim you don’t have to see it to believe it. So what? you can research such things as “what is donkey basketball?” mind you nix the slanted sources just go for the rules or “The University of Utah” lab for the experiments going on there. So no you don’t have to research to have an opinion however you can’t say your stance is FACT and mine isn’t when you don’t know the whole story. That has always been my issue with the two of you you are saying my stance is invalid because I have seen it which doesn’t make sense. You and vegancoin are clearly using propaganda and emotion to get your point across. I’ve already debunked both of his videos as begin video intentionally stopped to make appearances of cruelty to animals. Stopped video is a tactic to get people to base their opinions on emotion not facts. As far as my comments of “And as for being namecalled by vegancoin ive read your posts you’re just as bad jade you said ‘not until you answer to me..with anything not just your idiotic and missused blather’ and ‘you need to expand your vocabulary”obviously your a teen or failed highschool you failed reading anyway’ and it goes on. Correct me if im wrong but thats tit for tat” No you’re not wrong but at least I can admit I use this you and vegancoin refuse to. And I started when Vegancoin started resorting to indeed childish name calling and misuse of the English language when I caught him in using a blatant propaganda and false source. I use this because he consistently would just resort to childish blather with no actual debate. This is idiotic because I do see him as being smarter than he types I see all people as such. The teen or failing reading line clearly shows because he is ignoring what I write such as the fact I don’t support the sport this is a fact. He does need to expand his vocabulary because he uses words improperly. Therefore I will conclude by saying my stances are the same 1. There needs to be very strict rules imposed in order to get this game stopped ultimately. It’s working in my state and can work with others and 2. You and vegancoin are reacting to emotion not facts. You can do online research if you need to but your comments to me show you haven’t unless it’s the biased in your favor sources but you’re still reacting to emotion.

  • Jade says:

    All right let’s show the TRUTH here not what Mr. Vegancoin wishes people to think V ” jaded you are playing a shell game with the truth. yet you fail to recognize and acknowledge even simple bits of truth and obvious incontestable facts. like clockwork. you almost contradict yourself at every turn but hold back only to unleash a torrent of unbelievable non sequiturs and insensible irrelevant ad hominems in PETAs general direction. your ad hoc moralizing is obscene childish and worthless.” Full of baloney you are obviously NOT reading what I’m writing and are STILL resorting to using big words you know nothing about. V “i have said this several times you are delusional. you can type all the “look ma no hands!” nonsense that you want that hardly makes it true or donkeybasketball any less of a cruel sport and horrific sadistic mistreatment of the animals.” Excuse me dear sir I have said MANY MANY TIMES that I DO NOT condone the game. However I understand as a clear thinking individual that it’s NOT GOING TO DISAPPEAR overnight. So I’m doing what PETA does and taking it a step at a time. As I’ve CLEARLY said before this step I’ve suggested has for the most part effectively taken the sport out of my state. Those that still have it have really nothing in the town for entertainment yet even there they STILL follow the strictest rules. V “i have made several points and so have others… you choose to ignore them with your constant barrage of “lunatic asylum” conclusions and insane childish drivel.” You have used propaganda which I’ve owned you on to support your stance. An opinion is fine however using propaganda as fact cheapens your OPINION on the subject. V “1 donkeys are intelligent animals.” I’ve said again I know that. Why do you think they constantly throw off riders? They know it draws attention to them and they have fun doing it. V “2 they are not in their natural environment and are therefore being mistreated.” You suggested that they stay in a field not their natural habitat and in fact it’s more dangerous and cruel to the animal for them to be on soft terrain because their hooves grow too quickly and without restraint. So stalemate. V “3 they are denied adequate food and water before the games to prevent accidents.” I’ve said before I’ve seen animals at the game defecate and they have runners with pooper scoopers to pick it up. This is a false propaganda claim on your part shown because you’ve not been at a game. V “4 they live thier entire lifes in cages andor small pens and are horrically mestreated just like circus animals.” Again not true these animals are in better shape than most humans. Do you HONESTLY think that if these animals were in small pens and mistreated they’d be able to throw off a human being and at least 3 feet none the less? Answer no they wouldn’t. V “5 they must be trained to perform and “broken” to be saddled this in itself is unbelievably cruel.” They are not “Broken” if they still wish to throw people off. They’re not like horses that have to take a spook to throw someone off when broken. These donkeys are also NOT saddled Look at the picture if you don’t believe me they’re bridled but even there it’s a harness with no bit so no teeth issues. V “6 they are subject to abuse and mistreatement by small children pulling on the harness and hitting and kicking them.” 1. Adults and teens play the game not children for the very reasons that donkeys buck off people. Children would get hurt. 2. Anyone who HITS a donkey is EXPELLED from the game and fined or possibly jailed. Just read up on the game itself and you’ll see this. V “7 look at the photograph above it is more than obvious they are being horrically mistreated and are fearful.” You are seeing a donkey’s NATURAL INSTINCT to be stubborn. They also see this as play. They are NOT horribly mistreated and if they are they’re kicked out of the game fined and jailed. You are using propaganda and emotion not facts period. You also show to me you don’t live in an area that is country to see what really goes on with livestock. V “8 donkeybasketball is not a sport it is a severely dimished form of entertainment a joke imitation sport on par with cow tipping and other perverted forms of abuse against animals.” In conclusion I’ve said before many times that I don’t condone this sport but like PETA I know it won’t go away overnight. Therefore I do my part and try to dissuade people from playing by imposing very strict rules. It’s worked in my area and hopefully soon the state. I think you need to get out in the world and actually see what really goes on in life instead of using propaganda vegancoin you still clearly show to me you don’t know much about what you’re talking about. I know you ignore what I write.

  • emma says:

    Jade half the people on here have never been to a slaughterhouse or circus or lab or dairy farm they have never been to watch a seal cull or been to a chicken factory no one stood next to micheal vick while he tortured those dogs. So your telling me that no one can say none of the above are cruel your basically saying unless people go to these places and witness first hand the abuse and suffering they have no ‘right’ to argue they have no ‘right’ to say its cruel? Like i said before and you refuse to listen no one needs to see any cruelty firsthand to have an opinion. You have obviously got a bee in your bonnet about this for whatever reason. And i DO think this is an unessasary and moraly cruel thing to do with these donkeys. play the ‘you have never been’ card all you like but at least say it to everyone on these blogs who also havent been to these labs ect.. dont just say it to one person and not another dear. And as for being namecalled by vegancoin ive read your posts you’re just as bad jade you said ‘not until you answer to me..with anything not just your idiotic and missused blather’ and ‘you need to expand your vocabulary”obviously your a teen or failed highschool you failed reading anyway’ and it goes on. Correct me if im wrong but thats tit for tat