April 1, 2012 |
With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups. The nation's biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. Many of the cattle and goats have been sold off, largely because of the drought and the nation's economic slump, putting the donkeys out of a job. And although the drought that began in late 2010 is over now, the flood of donkeys continues, said Mark Meyers, executive director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.
January 14, 1988 |
Sue Schmitt of Horsham was upset when she learned the details of the Hatboro-Horsham High School fund-raising event. Teams of students and teachers riding donkeys in a gymnasium while playing a basketball game sounded cruel, Schmitt said, but no one else seemed to care, and the game went on as scheduled last year. "I heard about the games last year about this time," said Schmitt, a former Hatboro-Horsham High School substitute teacher. "The posters were up in the high school for the games, but it was too late to do anything.
January 28, 1988 |
The donkey basketball game at Hatboro-Horsham High School Saturday night raised more than money for the Hatboro-Horsham Athletic Boosters Association. It also raised the ire of animal-rights activists who picketed the game. Nineteen protesters - men, women, teenagers and a dog named Cinder - braved the cold in a peaceful 1 1/2-hour demonstration outside the school's gymnasium. While school officials looked on, television cameras rolled, people attending the fund-raiser passed by and the protesters walked in a circle, carrying signs that read, "Please respect animals" and "Donkey basketball means cruelty to animals.
February 22, 2009 |
My boyfriend, Thomas, and I were vacillating on whether to stay an extra day at Jele's sobe, or guesthouse, in Dubrovnik, but it turned out to be the most magical day of our two weeks floating along the Dalmatian coast. I struck up a conversation with a young girl, a native of Croatia, who raved about her day-long adventure over the rocky coastline and valleys of Croatia's wine region, the Peljesac peninsula. Croatia has a thriving wine region, and you can drive there for the day - who knew?
April 24, 2000 |
The politicizing of the giraffe started at Christmas. That is when Betty Pihs innocently bought her daughter-in-law Cindy Rau-Hatton, a Township Council member, a giraffe pin. When she saw the gold-trimmed lapel pin with rhinestones at Kohl's department store, Pihs said, she thought it would make a cute accessory to the suits that Rau-Hatton wears to council meetings. Little did Pihs know that she would be inspiring a political icon for her daughter-in-law's reelection bid as an independent.
February 27, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Worried about horse meat in your beef? Try water buffalo, donkey, and goat. South African food scientists said they have found all three in mislabeled foods including beef burgers, ground beef and sausages. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 68 percent of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burger patties and deli meats. The study found soy and gluten were not labeled in 28 percent of products tested.
June 16, 1993 |
It's the classic neighborhood bar: all soothing dark wood and low, easy talk and the murmur of a ballgame from a discreet corner television. So it gives you a jolt to walk back out into the harsh, hot day and realize that the neighborhood around Donkey's Place died years ago. No matter. Back inside, where the drawn blinds screen out the boarded-up storefronts that line Haddon Avenue near the hospital named for Our Lady of Lourdes, the folks at Donkey's have created their own neighborhood.
September 24, 1992 |
First, a few tips on how to ride a donkey. 1. Never, never, mount your donkey from behind, a la John Wayne. When you do that, says Tim Whitmer, whose business is donkeys, "you're only asking for trouble, or in the case of some players, excitement. " 2. Keep your hands away from the mouth of the donkey. Most donkeys don't bite, but . . . well, that's why they make you sign a release form, isn't it? Follow these instructions, and the donkey is still likely to buck you off, but hey, what would a game of donkey baseball be like if the players didn't take a tumble once in a while?
January 15, 1998 |
Local animal rights advocates say that Cherry Hill High School West is being, well, asinine. Friday night, the school's Varsity Club hopes the school gymnasium will fill up with at least 200 fans, cheering and laughing as students and faculty attempt to play basketball while riding on the backs of donkeys. Outside in the cold night, activists are expecting about 30 people to protest what they call the abuse of the donkeys used in the popular fund-raising event. "People sitting on the donkeys' backs, pushing them, pulling on them, balls whizzing past their heads - it's not right," said High School East teacher Marilyn Halpern, one of the animal-rights advocates.