YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for the cancellation of a Nevada school's donkey basketball fundraiser, saying it teaches students cruelty to animals.
PETA has posted an action alert on its Web site asking supporters to contact Lyon County School School District Superintendent Caroline McIntosh and urge her to cancel the March 1 event at Yerington High School.
PETA contends that donkeys ridden by players in the offbeat games are often dragged, kicked, or hit by stray balls, and are sometimes seriously injured in falls.
McIntosh says the fundraiser is a tradition at Yerington High, and she believes the animals are not mistreated.
But she says she will check with the vendor who supplies the donkeys to ensure they are treated humanely.