Marion County superintendent wins PETA award for benching 'donkey basketball'

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Compassionate educator recognized for extending compassion to animals

By The Staff

For his decision to cancel a scheduled "donkey basketball" game out of concern for the welfare of the animals and the safety of human participants, Marion County Superintendent Roger Marcum will receive PETA's Compassionate Educator Award.

Marcum canceled the game - which was scheduled for Feb. 21 - following public outcry over cruelty to the donkeys as well as the risk of injury to human participants who play basketball while mounted on the animals' backs.

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