“A game of donkey basketball has been canceled at Park Hill South High School after student backlash.”
RIVERSIDE, Mo. – A game of donkey basketball has been canceled at Park Hill South High School after student backlash.
After she saw a sign advertising donkey basketball for a school fundraisers, she was immediately upset.
“They’re put in an arena with a bunch of, like, they are all smushed together, they’re nervous and it’s like humans wouldn’t want to be in that position, why put a little animal in it?” said Morgan.
Morgan’s mother Jill Kaminska also had concerns.
“I’m sure that they don’t want to harm their donkey except I think it’s a big liability for schools or any other arena to have this type of thing with inexperienced people around on an animal like that,” said Jill Kaminska.
Watch below to see what a game of donkey basketball looks like:
According to Dairyland Donkey Ball, the original host of the event, the donkeys are safe. They say there is no dribbling in the game, and they keep an eye on the students and donkeys.
Veterinarian Jeff Schlager says there is the potential for animal abuse. It all depends on how the owners treat the animals. He says there could be problems if the students are too big for the donkeys.