Over 30,000 people have signed a petition on change.org to ban pony painting parties in the UK.
As of the 11th August 2018, the petition had gathered 36,000 signatures in just five days.
PETA has spoken out against the craze, labelling the activity as “a lesson in insensitivity to which no thoughtful parents would expose their children”.
They went on to say:
“Ponies and horses aren’t party props – they’re intelligent, complex animals who should be appreciated for their natural beauty.”
“They’re also sensitive and easily spooked – a child might even be kicked by a stressed pony who has been forced into a party environment with loud music and excitable kids.”
“Animal exploitation has no place at a children’s party, and PETA urges parents to opt instead for cruelty-free activities – like finger painting or face painting.”
At the parties, children draw and paint on the ponies with chalk-based paint, which organisers claim are harmless to the horse.
The pony painting party craze is relatively new, however, has been growing in popularity over the past year.
The majority of the public seems to be in support of banning pony painting parties, with members of the public calling the craze ‘disgraceful’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘inhumane’.
If you would like to support the petition, click here.