An inhumane “game” of donkey basketball was cancelled at the very last minute this past weekend thanks in no small part to Care2 member Maria Wargo writing a petition asking for immediate action to help innocent donkeys.
The Anacortes School District in Washington had been planning to hold a donkey basketball fundraiser at its middle school on Saturday, January 18. Donkey basketball is an outdated and abusive practice in which donkeys are shoved, kicked, yanked and pushed around a hot and crowded school gymnasium, all while carrying people who try to make baskets and score points. As Maria noted in her petition, donkeys are gentle creatures who suffer terribly during this “game.” The noise from the crowds alone can be deafening and cause the donkeys to cry out in fear.
Donkey basketball originated in the 1930s or earlier. It has been kept alive by a few dozen family-owned companies who transport a pack of donkeys to schools around the United States in exchange for a cut of the ticket sales.
Fortunately, animal welfare advocates have been raising their voices to end this outdated form of “entertainment” and some lawsuits have been filed. More and more, people have been calling for an end to donkey ball, period.
When a donkey basketball fundraiser was scheduled to take place in her community, Maria took action by asking Superintendent Mark Wenzel and the members of the Anacortes School Board to cancel it. Her Care2 petition added to a chorus of “criticism at the local, state, national and even international level” about the school district hosting donkey basketball, as the Seattle Times reports.
A huge thanks to the more than 7,000 Care2 members who signed Maria’s petition and prevented donkeys from being subjected to the chaos of donkey basketball.
You can have a success like hers by starting your own petition: who knows what kind of a difference you could make in somebody’s, or some animal’s, life?
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