This makes absolutely no sense re: Donkey Basketball

You can help stop donkey basketball.

Ray County Coalition – A group claiming to promote youth health and safety is hosting a donkey basketball game in Richmond, MO. The words “health” and “safety” used positively with the words “donkey basketball” make the brain hurt. For the donkeys, there is nothing safe about being kicked, punched, generally assaulted by humans who do not know anything about riding an equine. For the donkeys, their health is imperiled by carrying heavt weights for long periods of time so their bodies sustain long term injuries – not to even mention the conditions many must live in while traveling from school to school.

Using animal abuse as a method of teaching kids about health and safety makes absolutely no sense and is disgusting. Surely in some counties across the country, this for-profit enterprise of donkey abuse must break the law! It comes as no surprise for a second year in a row, Margaretville, NY schools are *still* allowing a donkey basketball game to go on AFTER claiming they would listen to the public about the issue. How many voices does it take to stop a donkey basketball game? Be sure to contact both schools to voice your concerns. You can find their contact information on their websites: and

From: Richmond News
By:JoEllen Black

Hee-Haw, Donkey Basketball

Yes, there will be donkeys at Richmond High School gym election night, but don’t consider it political symbolism.

donkey-basketballRay County Coalition, a volunteer group that promotes health and safety education among area youth, hosts a real-deal donkey basketball mini-tournament among the county’s four high schools Tuesday, April 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at RHS gym with games beginning at 7. Admission is free. Food and drink concessions will be made available by Richmond All-Sports Club, along with a 50/50 raffle and a paper airplane contest.
The group has contracted with Buckeye Donkey Ball, an Ohio-based company that furnishes fundraising events, like donkey basketball, baseball and racing, to 16 states in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

The event will be comprised of three 12-minute basketball games – “semi-finals” versus against eastern Ray, Richmond and Hardin-Central, and against Lawson and Orrick, the west side of the county. The winner of those games will compete in a championship round for county bragging rights. Winning teams will receive money for their school’s after-prom or graduation projects this year.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • cynthia curtis

    How terrible that we live in such a self centered society that uses animals for entertainment! We as a society are a sad lot. God’s creatures were not put on this earth for abuse,neglect and cruelty and all too often,that is exactly what goes on and is even encouraged,I am appalled but not shocked because I am made aware of something that hurts creatures everyday!

    April 6, 2015
  • Penny Zielstorf

    Just horrible so sad all for a few bucks and laughs.

    April 6, 2015
  • Sheila Williams

    When trying to reach the Richmond, MO school district via the link provided in this article, it was noted that “Sorry, comments are closed for this post.” The school district is well aware of the controversy of this inhumane event, and they’ve settled on not even addressing the concerns. What a poor example to set for our children.

    April 6, 2015
  • Margaret

    I actually unfriended an author because she INSISTED on going to a donkey basketball game. I will NEVER support her writing again.

    And the people on her page INSISTED that the animals are well cared for, fed, watered, feet trimmed, and no heavy weight kids. Blah blah blah.

    Sadly this writer lives in Texas.

    If you want to promote health and basketball–run your own version of NCAA, but keep it to humans only.

    April 6, 2015
  • MS

    SHAME ON THE ADULTS — SHAME ON THOSE IN CHARGE — what lousy example they are — Such psychopathic, cruel, hateful, merciless, irrational behavior against animals!

    April 8, 2015