A few days ago, we heard the news that Atlantic City Steel Pier plans to reopen their diving horse show this summer. We aren’t too happy, to say the least.
The diving horse events were stopped in the 1970′s with a brief return in the 90′s, but now Steel Pier President Anthony Catanoso plans to reopen the ridiculous and cruel shows by this summer. If you’re wondering what these events are all about – riders mount horses and ride them up a 40 foot pier and then plunge into the 12ft of water below. Yes, seriously.
According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, Catanoso plans to have the events up and running by Memorial Day weekend, but animal advocates are speaking out. “I think it’s disgusting and I think it’s cruelty to animals,” Atlantic County SPCA president Nancy Beall said to NBC 10 Philadelphia. After reading Ali Berman’s story here on Ecorazzi, I started a petition on Change.org and in just two days over 6,000 people from all over the world have signed in opposition to Steel Pier’s plans.
Celeb animal advocates are throwing their support behind the campaign too. Today, model and animal activist Joanna Krupa shared the petition on her Facebook page, saying “I have no words to human beings that allow this. Please sign the petition.” It has also been tweeted by Running Russell Simmons star and animal activist Simone Reyes, vegan fashion designer John Bartlett, models turned animal activists the Barbi twins, and Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House.
It’s amazing how quickly support has built up. A huge boost of support came from Bob Timmons, known as the “Artist for the Ocean,” who uses his art and campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation and protecting ocean life. Timmons created a Facebook event page for the petition and sent out invites to his network of support, and over 700 people have joined.
Many of the petition signers have also said they refuse to go to Atlantic City if these events reopen. It seems animal cruelty is not everyone’s idea of summer fun.
You can add your signature to the petition here.