LETTER TO THE EDITOR | In defense of Eagles, donkeys
April 22, 2009 · Updated 10:26 AM
To the editor:
Re: article “Donkey baseball causes concern.”
Miriam Coates should have attended a game and done some research before she called the local newspaper spewing her emotions. Perhaps she could have saved herself some embarrassment.
My family and I have attended these games for the past six or seven years — even when they were playing donkey basketball in the high school gym. They are very entertaining but they also engage our community in ways we rarely see anymore and cause funds to be raised for needy kids and wonderful charities.
The article states that “[Coates] wishes the Eagles could find another form of entertainment that doesn’t involve animal cruelty.” It’s too bad the response to this unsubstantiated claim was way down on page A15 and not right on the front page near hers. The owner of the donkeys states that in 29 years in the business, no animal was ever injured. And besides, it is NOT just entertainment; there is a meaningful purpose to the event.
Coates also says it sets a bad example for kids. I presume she means about how the animals are treated. If she ever attended one of these wonderful events, she would see that it’s a family affair where the kids learn about sacrificing for others. She would see that the trainer who accompanies the animals is caring and attentive to the needs of the animal. She would see and know that a community can have fun together without abusing anyone’s rights, especially the animals involved.
I called the Eagles today hoping to purchase a family ticket for Ms. Coates and her loved ones. Maybe she’ll attend and stop making false accusations.