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Just when you think you have heard all the ridiculous stories about animal cruelty, a new one comes in to top them all.

A camp in Brazil that is supposedly meant to teach children about all things equestrian had the bright idea to allow the children attending the camp to color and paint the horses. Instead of learning how to correctly handle a horse, how to care for them, and all the essentials to do with their diet and exercise, children are being allowed to cover horses in potentially toxic materials in the name of fun (and apparently art).

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The J Serafim Show posted pictures of a poor, decorated horse on their Facebook page, and it received some well-deserved backlash, with lawyer and activist Ana Paula Vasconcelos saying, “they had the brilliant idea of putting the horse as a painting screen, saying it would be educational activity. They said it was a rescued horse, but that doesn’t justify it. Cruelty is the same.”

 

This white horse has been used as a canvas, with markers and paint covering almost its entire body. You will notice from the picture that there are less of these masterpieces on the horse’s rear, so perhaps the staff had a tiny amount of common sense left to tell the children not to go there, but still. Would you want paint and marker all over your face, or a bunch of excited children coming at you and drawing around your eyes?

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The head of the school’s marketing, Muriell Marques, said the paints are not toxic “and does not harm the horse or the child.” Hold still then, Muriell, because we’d very much like to color you in…

There seems to be a strange precedent in these so-called equestrian camps for treating horses exactly the opposite of how horses should be treated. Unicorn Pony Parties in Colorado are hosting children’s parties where the horses are dressed as unicorns. This isn’t fun, this is animal abuse, and if the horses could talk for themselves they would be saying the same thing!

Care 2 has raised a petition demanding Hipeca de Brasilia, the Equestrian Society of Brazil, force J Serafim Show to end this awful activity of horse painting. Please sign the petition to help stop this ridiculous cruelty to horses!
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Image Source: J Serafim Show