“Diving Horse” Revival Scrapped…
- – In times gone by, New Jersey’s fabled Atlantic City featured at their Steel Pier a so-called “diving horse” act which began in the 1920’s, and was shut down five decades later. In the stunt, a horse ascended to the top of a 40-foot platform, and didn’t as much dive as was tipped off it, plunging the animal and its rider into a 12-foot deep water tank below. Animal rights advocates maintained that the act at the very least scared horses, and carried the potential for them to be injured or even killed.
A brief return of the act happened in 1993 with riderless mules substituted for the horses, but protests ended that revival. Nostalgia for Atlantic City’s edgy past prompted recent plans for another diving horse comeback, but successful online petitions against the plan caused the revival rather than the horses to be tanked…animal rights, animals, controversial, deplorable practices, furry, furry causes, historical perspectives
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