Stop the Reopening of the Cruel Diving Horse Show
  • Petitioned Kimberle R. Samarelli
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director of NJ Amusement Association
Kimberle R. Samarelli
Legal Counsel to NJ Amusement Association
Lary I. Zucker
Government Relations
Ed McGlynn
Steel Pier
Sharon Franz
See response
Jersey Shore Beach & Boardwalk
William Gehlhaus
Hoban Consulting
Bob Hoban
Jenkinson's Pavilion
Frank Storino
Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority
Jeffrey Vasser
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
President, Chamber of Commerce
Joseph Kelly
Council Vice-President
Steven Moore
Council President
William Marsh
Steel Pier
Lorna Ambrose
Steelman Partners
Steelman Partners
President of Atlantic City Steel Pier
Anthony Catanoso
Lorenzo Langford

Stop the Reopening of the Cruel Diving Horse Show

    1. Jennifer Mishler
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Mishler

      Alexandria, VA

February 2012


After worldwide condemnation of a proposed horse diving act in Atlantic City, horse advocates are now celebrating the announcement that there will be no horse diving at Steel Pier this summer.

Jennifer, the woman who created the online campaign, says, "I knew we had a chance to stop Steel Pier from reopening the diving horse shows, but I didn't know in less than two weeks 50,000 people would sign the petition and get this shut down. Thanks to everybody who signed and shared the petition and kept contacting! We did it!!"

The Editorial Board of the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper, chimed in to say that "no one wants to buy bathtub hootch or dodge bullets from Al Capone on the Boardwalk today. The horse-diving act belongs in the same ash bin of history. We’re glad the owners of the Steel Pier came to the same conclusion."

The diving horse show at the Atlantic City Steel Pier was shut down in the 1970's, but the event is set to return this summer. Riders mount horses and then dive from the tall pier into the water below. This dangerous and cruel event is terrifying for the horses and causes injury to both the animals and their riders. There is plenty of summer fun to be had at the pier without harming these horses. Please ask Atlantic City Steel Pier President Anthony Catanoso, the New Jersey Amusement Association (where he is a Director), and others in a position of influence to cancel plans to bring this event back after so many years.

Recent signatures


    1. Decision-maker Sharon Franz responds:

      Sharon Franz

      The Steel Pier has Canceled Plans for the Diving Horse act. Please stop the Petition for the Diving Horse!

    2. You did it.

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      More than 55,000 signed the petition and media outlets from the Associated Press to Reuters to USA Today are reporting that there will be no horse diving in Atlantic City.

    3. Reached 50,000 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Martin Shapiro responds:

      Martin Shapiro

      I am tired of these emails, we have nothing to do with the Steel Pier horse diving show. Your parents must have raised some type of person that harasses businesses not involved in the event at all. Obviously the is a radical ...

    5. Reached 17,500 signatures
    6. Proposed Return of Atlantic City Diving Horse Show Sparks Outrage

      Jennifer Mishler
      Petition Organizer

      One Green Planet covers the outrage from animal activists in response to Steel Pier's proposed diving horse show, and links to this petition.

    7. Reached 12,500 signatures

      Jennifer Mishler
      Petition Organizer

      NBC40 News in Atlantic City covers this petition and the worldwide attention it is receiving.

    9. Reached 10,000 signatures
    10. Celebs Support Petition to Stop Cruel Diving Horse Event

      Jennifer Mishler
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has gotten some nice support from celeb animal advocates/activists.

    11. Reached 7,500 signatures
    12. Cruel Diving Horse Show to Return to Atlantic City This Summer

      Jennifer Mishler
      Petition Organizer

      Ecorazzi covers the proposed diving horse show and points out why this event is so cruel.

    13. Reached 2,500 signatures
    14. Steel Pier Horse Diving Plan Draws Criticism

      Jennifer Mishler
      Petition Organizer covers the proposed horse diving show and criticism from concerned individuals and animal organizations.

    15. We're past 1,000 signatures!

      Jennifer Mishler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much, all your signing and sharing has helped push this petition past 1,000 signatures! Let's keep going!

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. Return of Diving Horses Sparks Controversy

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      Local media is covering the proposal and the opposition. Here's a story from NBC out of Philadelphia. A quote from Atlantic County SPCA President Nancy Beall is, “I think it’s disgusting and I think it’s cruelty to animals.”

    18. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kim Rendigs FALMOUTH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      How horrific for a horse to fly through the air and plunge into water. We don't want to see this! Stop this!

      • over 2 years ago

      This is the most cruel, inhumane and idiotic thing we have ever heard.. If the stupid people want to dive off a steel pier, let them do it, maybe they will break their necks, BUT DO NOT subject these innocent horses to such an insane act!!!!!!

    • adrienne venditti REHOBOTH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I love horses to much to ever ask one to do such a stunt. Such a person has to be very insensitive to animals. No one I would want to know.

    • shura wallin GREEN VALLEY, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Incredible in this day something so barbaric for entertainment. Hangings anyone? Lion's dens?

      Stop it or ask the producers to jump first. Joanne Amoroso

    • Wanda Switzer SUNNYVALE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Anything for a buck. It doesn't matter who it hurts


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