Success! Donkey Basketball Game Cancelled At 11th Hour

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 Donkey basketball is an outdated and abusive practice in which donkeys are shoved, kicked, yanked and pushed around a hot and crowded school gymnasium, all while carrying people who try to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Fortunately, animal welfare advocates have been raising their voices to end this outdated form of “entertainment” and some lawsuits have been filed.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?

Photo via Nick Knouse/Flickr

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 months ago

thanks for the article.

Ryanmcculum Reynolds

You've made some good points there. I looked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site. This website certainly has all the info I needed about this subject and didn't know who to ask.

Kate R.
Kate R.1 years ago

If these donkeys exist solely to provide this kind of "entertainment" why can't they be seized & sent to sanctuaries? No one should be able to make a living from a business based on animal cruelty.

Beverley Jeffs
Beverley Jeffs1 years ago

good grief... how bloody dreadful... there are some really twisted people in this world..

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M.1 years ago

While this one event was cancelled, what happens to these unfortunate traveling donkeys? Just sick.

ann B.
Ann B.1 years ago

What a pathetic game.


Bravo à vous !

Kimberele Anderson

animal cruelty has to stop. god created these beautiful creatures for us. but not to poach, or trophy hunt or abuse them. let them live out their lives in their habitat god created for them. free from human"s harm.

Sylvie Auger
Sylvie A.1 years ago

Excellente nouvelle ! Merci de l'information !

Grace Kennedy
Grace Kennedy1 years ago

People are so thoughtless and cruel. No respect for the animal kingdom as living beings of worth. Worth that doesn't include senseless murder, torture or trauma for our food consumption, testing or amusement.