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.
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!