Atlantic City, NJ â€“ The Steel Pier Association has announced their plans to bring a cruel spectacle back to the United States in the summer of 2012. Horse diving, where horses are ran up a 40-60 foot high ramp, and are forced to dive head first into the water below, has been decried by animal welfare organizations as cruel since the very first show in the 1880â€²s. Horses are typically jumped with a rider on their back, usually a young girl.
The Steel Pier Association is planning a $100 million dollar improvement to the Steel Pier over the next three years which will be featuring, according to theirÂ FebruaryÂ 4th, 2012Â press release, â€œnew thrill-seeking rides; a new food court and arcade area; a nightclub, museum and retail entertainment space; and a 2000-seat ballroom. Also featured will be an amphitheater with acrobatic acts as well as the iconic diving horse act.â€
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