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