Written by Michelle Kretzer
After hearing from thousands of animal
advocates, the owners of Atlantic City's Steel Pier
have canceled their plans to hold horse-diving shows, in which horses would be
marched up a narrow ramp and out onto a platform and then forced to jump,
plummeting many feet into a pool below.
We know from past horse-diving events that horses suffer bone fractures, internal organ damage, bruising, and leg,
spine, and other injuries.
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PETA wrote to Atlantic City organizers
and sent out an action alert, and thousands of supporters urged everyone
involved to cancel the events. Other animal protectionists organized protests
and set up online petitions that garnered 50,000 signatures.
Horse-diving at the Steel Pier was
stopped in 1978, but it was briefly revived in 1993. Steel Pier's then-owner, Donald
Trump, canceled it because it was cruel to animals.
We're glad that Steel Pier Associates has
followed in Trump's compassionate footsteps and are sending them flowers and a
letter of thanks for canceling the horse-diving before it started. And we want
to thank the many, many kind people who spoke out in the horses' behalf. Together,
we made a big difference!
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