To The Editor:
There has been much controversy during the last few days over Margaretville National Honor Society’s choice to host a donkey basketball fundraising event. The principle arguments against this event seem to be the following:
Donkey basketball constitutes a significant act of animal cruelty, as, to quote PETA’s website, “donkeys are dragged, kicked, and punched by participants who have no animal-handling experience. The sport is also dangerous to human participants, as they risk serious injury attempting to handle a notoriously stubborn breed of animal with little to no experience.”
As someone who has been heavily involved in the planning and arrangements for this event, I would like to address these concerns.