We Do Not Support "Donkey Basketball" As A Fundraiser
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OUR House, a local organization that serves abused children, is planning a donkey basketball game in Barre, Vt. in April of 2017. We are asking them to reconsider this form of fundraising. We understand this organization’s incredible need for fundraising. However, we feel that the decision to host a donkey basketball game is in direct contrast to their mission to prevent child abuse.
Funds should not be raised to fight against and educate about child abuse by holding a fundraiser that mistreats animals.
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“Donkey basketball and baseball events send young people the message that it is OK to abuse and humiliate those who are in a helpless condition. Children who are exposed to animal abuse are taught the dangerous lesson that cruelty is acceptable.” - The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
"Donkey Basketball – An act of cruelty in which people way too large for small donkeys get to shove, drag and jump on donkeys in an environment no donkey should be subjected to. A venue in which people pay to watch animal abuse in a public setting and call it ‘fund raising’." - Deb Kidwell is the owner of Lake Nowhere Mule and Donkey Farm in Martin, Tenn. She is working to preserve the American Mammoth Jackstock donkey breed. Deb is a mule and donkey historian, and a feature writer for Western Mule Magazine. Her work has also appeared in The Brayer, Mules and More, Small Acreage and True West magazines. Deb is writing a book telling the true story of George Washington and his beloved Spanish donkey, Royal Gift, which will be published by the University of Virginia Press.
“The “funny” things that the donkeys do to rid themselves of their riders during these types of donkey events and that is so enjoyed by spectators of these events in an instinctual reaction to pain and/or discomfort.” - Meredith Hodges, Lucky Three Ranch. Donkey and mule trainer, author and host of the television series Training Mules & Donkeys: A Logical Approach to Longears that aired on RFD-TV, The Discovery Channel and the Outdoor Network.
The Horse Magazine: Study Reveals Working Donkey Pain Behavior
Modern Farmer: The Dark Side of Donkey Basketball
The Animal Legal Defense Fund Puts a Stop to Cruel “Donkeyball”
ASPCA Policy on Animal Acts and Contests
Habitat For Horses: Stop Donkey Basketball
The Dodo: Donkey Basketball Fundraiser Brings Back "Obscene" Tradition
Oddity Central: Donkey Basketball – Cruel Sport or Just Plain Fun?http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/donkey-basketball-cruel-sport-or-just-plain-fun.html
The The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada: Animal Use and Abuse
New York Times: Catskills high school won’t put on annual Donkey Basketball fundraiser after complaints from animal rights group
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