A high school fundraiser set to feature a game of "donkey basketball" has been cancelled following immense public outcry and animal welfare concerns. Activists had planned a protest for the event, which was intended to raise money for a high school's after-prom party in Brunswick, Ohio.
Chris McCarthy, the planning committee's spokesperson, issued a statement on Monday evening explaining the cancellation, claiming the decision was made "in an effort to keep Brunswick staff, students and community members out of harm's way":
The safety of Brunswick students and staff is our number one priority. Over the past few days we have grown increasingly alarmed by the intensity of protesters threatening to appear at our Feb. 19 fundraiser. The parents who organized this event are thoughtful, well-meaning and deeply committed to supporting our schools.
Gia Campola, a local animal welfare activist who spearheaded protest plans, thanked the district for their decision not to host the event, telling Cleveland.com that opting out of donkey ball sends a positive message to the area's young people.