Last week, TAILS shared the story of a move to bring back the inhumane practice of the high-dive horse act to the Atlantic City Pier. Public outcry and a flurry of petitions created quite a negative buzz around the issue, and the pier has backed down on reviving the show.
Thanks to our readers and animal advocates across the U.S., the possibility that horses will dive from a 40-foot platform into a pool was successfully nixed. Steel Pier president Anthony Catanoso stated that he wanted to focus on the positive in Atlantic City and that the press surrounding the controversial act was not good for the pier or Atlantic City.
Catanoso, the Pier, and Atlantic City were facing mounting pressure from concerned residents and animal advocates. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States released a statement on its stance over the high-dive issue:
“This is a merciful end to a colossally stupid idea. We are pleased so many citizens spoke up and urged that this spectacle never get off the ground. Horse diving has the potential to frighten and injure and kill horses—and it rightly belongs in Atlantic City’s history books.”
TAILS could not agree more with Pacelle. What was once an acceptable form of entertainment is finally being seen for what it is—a cruel act forcing animals to perform something they were never intended to do.