A resident of the Lake School District has raised questions about a fundraiser donkey basketball game scheduled for April 23, saying it sends the wrong message to the students and community.
Virginia Holmes, a mother of elementary school students, writes in a letter to Jim Witt, Lake school superintendent, that donkey basketball “...raises concern and controversy every year in many districts across the country.”
“As many enjoy the fun of a silly game, others are concerned about the welfare of the animals involved,” Holmes writes. “As responsible adults, parents and teachers we need to take the lead and guide properly our next generations, making sure they receive the proper messages and examples from us.”
Witt confirmed receiving the letter but declined to comment further.
Holmes notes many school districts have banned donkey basketball and found “better alternatives.”
She has started an online petition through the care2petition website to ask the administration to consider replacing the event.
Jennifer O’Connor, a staff writer for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation, said “Donkey ball is a cheap throwback to a time when we didn’t know any better. “It’s 2013, and good sports don’t abuse animals.”
Holmes says in her letter she is also a member of the Nitro Foundation, which is seeking harsher penalties for owners and employees of commercial dog kennels for certain types of cruel treatment.
On its website, the foundation is asking members to be at the state capitol April 23 during hearings on pending bills that would enact the penalties.