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'Donkey basketball' game cancelled after animal advocates voice concerns

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On Thursday, Jan. 16, animal advocacy organization Pasado's Safe Haven announced that a game of donkey basketball scheduled for Jan. 18 has been cancelled.

Their website stated: The donkey basketball game scheduled to take place in Anacortes, Washington on January 18 was cancelled thanks to all the calls people made to the Eagles, the Anacortes school principal, and the superintendent!

The police chief of Anacortes, superintendent and the principal, School Board President the Eagles met and decided that they didn’t want this reputation for their city.

The public pressure worked – and these donkeys will not be subjected to participating in this cruel game!

We no longer need to make any further phone calls or emails. As promised, Pasado’s will still show support for the Anacortes Food Bank. We will have a going of people up to Anacortes on Saturday to donate food.

Stay tuned for more information about how to donate food to show support for the city stopping this game!

Anacortes Middle School in Anacortes, Wash. had planned to have a "donkey basketball" game on Jan. 18. The animal organization argued that this is a cruel practice - and they asked fellow animal advocates to contact the parties involved to put an end to this practice.

During these games, donkeys are shoved, kicked, yanked, or whipped by riders who are trying to score points. The frightened animals often cry out in fear and frustration. Riders are often injured, as well.

Donkeys are not protected by the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Opponents of donkey basketball argue that it is animal cruelty and teaches children that inhumane treatment of animals is acceptable. PETA notes that using donkeys in school fundraisers can be a liability, as well.

A participant in a Waterloo, Illinois, donkey basketball game received more than $110,000 for injuries sustained in a game. A Wisconsin state senator fell off a donkey in another game, breaking her leg. And In Feb. 2006, a Florida fifth-grade teacher sued the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the owner of the Dixie Donkey Ball company, claiming she suffered injuries after being thrown off a donkey at a fundraiser.

About Pasado's Safe Haven
Pasado's Safe Haven is a Washington state 501(c)(3) dedicated to ending animal cruelty. They rescue dogs, cats, and farmed animals from abuse and neglect, advocating for better treatment of these animals by society and promoting laws and personal choices that eliminate suffering for animals.

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