There are better, safer ways to raise funds

I’m writing concerning the donkey basketball game being planned as a fundraiser for the Mineral Wells Baseball & Softball organization, pending approval of the Board of Education. The Humane Society of the U.S., the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and PETA are all opposed to these games. Clearly there is at the very least controversy over whether or not the animals are being treated well, not only during the game but also during transport, etc.

In addition, it seems as if such a game, involving pulling, pushing, and kicking of animals who did not sign up for such an event, promotes not only at best insensitivity to animals, but also the triumph of the strong over the weak – the same issue often in play with bullying. I don’t see anything funny about such a game.

Finally, there is obvious physical risk to the players riding these donkeys while at the same time trying to play basketball.

Here is a link to a short article outlining some of the problems of donkey basketball:

Certainly there are other ways of raising money that don’t involve potentially damaging behavior toward animals, encouragement of strong-over-weak mentality, controversy within the community, and potential injuries to the riders.

Kimberly Gilmore