Stop Donkey Basketball

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Donkey Basketball

Put a stop to donkey basket ball

The article on donkey basketball had been up for all of 20 minutes on Habitat for Horses website when I received a call from someone about a proposed “game” in the Houston area. It seems that a candidate for County Commissioner of Pct 2 in Montgomery County, Charlie Riley, thinks it would be a great fundraising event to benefit some senior citizens, perhaps inspiring them to vote for him.!!

To reach that goal, he enlisted the help of Magnolia Jr. High School so his self-promoting fundraising event can be held in their gym on February 11th at 7:30 pm.

donkeybasket2Riley calls himself a conservative that wants to represent the good folks of one small area in Montgomery County, and that’s all fine and dandy. My question is – do you need to do it by demonstrating reckless and abusive behavior towards animals? Sure, it might be funny to see someone get bucked off, but are you aware of what happens behind the scenes when a donkey ends up crippled, or worse yet, with a broken leg.

These people that set up donkey basketball games around the country do it for one purpose – money. The donkeys are trucked all over the country, crammed in trailers, with little to no rest. An agitated donkey puts on a better show, one that is denied hay and feed won’t poop on the basketball court and when the “game’ is over, the owners fold their money, stuff it in their pockets and head out to another show. !!

Leaving kids thinking that animal abuse must be perfectly okay.


The abuse you see on that court isn’t okay. Spirited “fun” at the expense of an injured donkey is pure animal abuse. There are too many other ways to raise funds, ways that show compassion for humans and animals alike. Perhaps it would be far better to partner with the local animal shelter to hold a “Senior Citizens Adoption Day” that brings pets and people together so they both can benefit. ~ Jerry

Call to Action

Email Charlie Riley and let him know that you are against his “donkey basketball” fundraiser. Way down on the bottom of his website is a “Contact Us” link. You can send him an email from that site.

http://www.charlieriley.org/index.php

Charlie Riley also has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Riley-for-County-Commissioner-Pct-2/232417220230165

Call Diana Trim at the Friendship Center and tell them what you think of donkey basketball.
(281) 259-6665

Call the Magnolia ISD and tell them what you think of the idea of Charlie Riley using the Magnolia Jr. High Gym for his fundraiser. 281-356-3571

http://www.magnoliaisd.org/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1

Magnolia Jr. High – Jeff Springer, Principal – 281-356-3572 jspringer@magnoliaisd.org

Let’s put a stop to the abusive treatment of donkeys and instead teach respect and kindness
towards all animals.

SAMPLE EMAIL:

I am writing to request that the “Donkey Ball” game, scheduled at Magnolia Jr. High School on
February 11, 2014 be canceled immediately.

According to published literature, “Donkeys used for this purpose may be subjected to a variety of abuses. During the heat of competition, inexperienced riders often mishandle donkeys, pushing, pulling, kicking and punching ‘uncooperative’ animals. Donkeys have been accidentally injured by falls on slippery surfaces. Unfortunately the public is not aware of the many problems that occur behind the scenes. Provided by outside companies, donkeys are often shipped nationwide, spending their lives in cramped trailers. Food and water are frequently withheld from the animals during transit or provided at irregular intervals to prevent ‘accidents’ from occurring in public places. Stress from frequent travel can weaken the animals’ immune systems, increasing their susceptibility to a common and sometimes fatal disease known as ‘shipping fever pneumonia.’…Both players and spectators may be kicked by frightened animals. Individuals involved in this activity have cracked their ribs, broken legs, arms and wrists; and sustained concussions and other injuries that have required hospitalization….”

Schools should not be setting the negative example to students that animal exploitation is something which is socially acceptable. It is shocking that Magnolia Jr. High is encouraging and allowing this flagrant exhibition of organized animal abuse to take place at all. Surely you can find better and more effective ways to raise money than by having adults jumping on and off the backs of these poor animals.

This is particularly troubling in the wake of tragic violence in the schools. Concerned citizens and parents in Monmouth County, NJ were recently able to successfully convince the Monmouth County Education Association to pass a resolution against “Donkey Ball” primarily for those very reasons. Based on numerous studies, there is now no question that there is a strong connection between violence against animals and violence in humans toward other humans.

Please cancel this cruel event and replace it with something to inspire compassion, humanity and good will amongst your citizens. I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

 

AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
28 Comments
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    Please stop all donkey ballgames!!!

    February 3, 2014
  • Carol Farr

    A sport created by man that teaches our children that it is OK to abuse animals for a good laugh. Appalling! My family started the first paid rodeo association in Texas and I am no prude at rodeo sports, but this ‘game’ is continuing the image that the donkey is an invaluable animal,dumb creatures to be made fun of and ridiculed. Donkeys are very smart, loving, hard-working animals, and people need to learn to respect them. This will never happen as long as humans continue to promote donkey sports.
    to respect this anima

    February 3, 2014
  • Carol Farr

    A sport created by man that teaches our children that it is OK to abuse animals for a good laugh. Appalling! My family started the first paid rodeo association in Texas and I am no prude at rodeo sports, but this ‘game’ is continuing the image that the donkey is an invaluable animal, dumb creatures to be made fun of and ridiculed. Donkeys are very smart, loving, hard-working animals, and people need to learn to respect them. This will never happen as long as humans continue to promote donkey sports.

    February 3, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    Done. Thanks for letting us know. We have two of these little guys, and I would hate to see them treated this way. This “sport” needs to fade off into the sunset, just like the circus.

    February 3, 2014
  • Margaret

    I couldn’t watch all of it. I think it’s the second one where the lady is laughing the entire time.mif she thinks its so funny why wasn’t she out there? Was she laughing at the donkeys who don’t belong in this environment. Was she laughing at the kids? I really don’t like donkey roping or basketball. Why can’t kids just play and leave sentient animals alone?

    February 3, 2014
  • Richard Gore

    I have seen the post on Charlie Riley’s Facebook page. I used to work for the man. He will just laugh at all the post then carry on with the game. Keep an eye on the Facebook page because all the post will be deleted just like mine were. The only thing that will help is the Houston news or protesting in person.

    February 3, 2014
    • jfinch

      Better yet – Call the senior Citizen’s Center and tell them your opinion about raising money through animal abuse.

      February 4, 2014
  • Sue

    Those poor equines, slipping on a polished floor. I feel sad.

    February 4, 2014
  • Angie Friehauf

    I just tried sending an email to Charlie Riley to the address on the bottom of his page…it’s been shut down. I imagine he didn’t like the comments he was getting about this inhumane form of entertainment.

    February 4, 2014
    • jfinch

      Call Diana Trim at the Friendship Center (that’s the Senior Citizen’s location) and tell them what you think of donkey basketball.
      (281) 259-6665

      February 5, 2014
  • Delia Martin

    I will admit before I knew donkeys — many many years ago I even participated in one of these….but as a donkey owner and lover and a more mature person, I can truly see that this is abuse in the simplest sense. This does NOT set a good example for children or anyone. Please find some other way to raise funds….Stop Donkey Basketball!

    February 4, 2014
  • Lorrie Roehm

    My email to Charlie Riley came back so I am assuming he closed it or it is full. I don’t do FB so I can’t post. I am a senior citizen and know my fellow seniors would not want to accept money from animal abuse!

    February 4, 2014
    • jfinch

      Call Diana Trim at the Friendship Center (that’s the Senior Citizen’s location) and tell them what you think of donkey basketball.
      (281) 259-6665

      February 5, 2014
  • Feb 6

    Not sure why everything and anything to do with animals is considered abuse.

    February 6, 2014
  • darlene bowers

    I could not watch! please stop this animal cruelty, it makes you look like cruel idiots

    February 7, 2014
  • Ginger May

    E-mail sent to the principal. I grew up in the next town over from Magnolia, now live in Washington State. This sickens and shocks me.

    February 7, 2014
  • Ginger May

    I received an e-mail reply this morning from the principal. He said they are not participating. I don’t know if that means it’s been canceled or if Riley has found another venue. Magnolia is pretty small — they don’t have a whole lot of venue options. Anybody got an update? Has it really been canceled?

    February 7, 2014
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    This is a sick bunch of OLD fat boys that just found something to hurt!!! They need to find another way to have fun!!! The donkeys are not ment to be treated this way!!
    STOP DONKEY BASKETBALL NOW!!!!

    February 9, 2014