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Urge Iowa Elementary School to Ditch Donkey Cruelty!

May 3, 2013
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Donkey basketball games are loud, chaotic, and utterly bizarre events in which docile animals are pulled, shoved, screamed at, whipped, and forced to carry riders who are too heavy for them. Used again and again, the donkeys are lugged from place to place for months on end in small, poorly ventilated vehicles—with no consideration for their welfare, safety, or happiness. Equines who are continually subjected to such stressors can develop unpredictable temperaments, putting riders and bystanders at risk. There has been a record of injuries associated with donkey basketball games, including a case in which an injured participant successfully sued a school for more than $110,000 in damages. Sadly, Morning Sun Elementary School in Morning Sun, Iowa, has scheduled a donkey basketball game for May 5. Your voice is needed!

Please urge school administrators to cancel this cruel and dangerous event and to replace it with a safer, humane alternative. And please forward this alert widely!

Please keep all correspondence polite, as anything less will hurt our efforts.

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donkeys
Do not judge us
We are not you
We do what donkey
Were born to do
We are not stubborn
we do not like being
used
we are not tools of man
to be beaten or abused
if you want us to help you
be kind with your request
we will gladly oblige
if you do your best.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 4, 2013 3:46 am

    donkeys
    Do not judge us
    We are not you
    We do what donkey
    Were born to do
    We are not stubborn
    we do not like being
    used
    we are not tools of man
    to be beaten or abused
    if you want us to help you
    be kind with your request
    we will gladly oblige
    if you do your best.

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  2. lindabadham permalink
    May 4, 2013 10:30 am

    i swear that some people are thick !! where are their brains ?? this is disgusting .donkey basketball ??. ffs . show sme respect for animals. the usa have a lot of states where they have no morals what-so ever !! grow up !!

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    • May 4, 2013 1:24 pm

      I agree. I cannot imagine the suffering involved and the AMUSEMENT of the participants. Grow tf up is right!

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  3. May 4, 2013 2:59 pm

    great poem Karen!!! What the hell is going on in the world today? This is the secong time within the last two weeks that ive heard about (and acted upon) people using donkeys for such “Games” and even worse is that their are kids involved! We have such a short window of time to reach and teach our children empathy and compassion what the hell are those parents thinking?

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