Would you pay for your children and their friends to paint a pony for their birthday? Some people have branded it cruel and are petitioning for it to be banned, but what do you think?
Children’s parties are often filled with quirky activities from real life princess meet-and-greets to blind-folded pinata bashing.
While most games are harmless fun, one of the latest trends is pony painting – and its sparked a lot of debate.
Pony painting parties are popping up all over the UK and involve kids ‘colouring in’ a real life pony using chalk-based paints.
Some people feel so strongly against the pony painting parties that they have started a petition to get them banned.
Seven days ago a petition titled Smearing Horses In Paint was set up on change.org and it already has nearly 70,000 signatures.
Explaining the reason for the petition the author, Sophie Tomlinson, wrote: ‘Pony painting parties are a disturbing trend popping up all over the UK. Imagine being tied up amidst shrieking laughter, unpredictable touching and having strangers smear your hair in paint.
‘Would you trade places? This is happening all over the country to horses right now and WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND. How would you feel about strangers smearing paint on your pet? READ ON to consider the further dangers of pony painting parties…’
Sophie has also posted on Facebook to promote the petition and spread awareness.
The petition continues to argue: ‘Animals do not want to be grabbed at, shrieked at or painted on for human’s enjoyment. Take a stand today TODAY to get this unnecessary cruelty banned!’
It also states that it encourages children to treat animals with disrespect. The post explains: ‘Allowing children to treat animals as play things risks teaching a bullying, self-entitled mentality with a severe lack of empathy. Are these the future leaders we want to raise?’
Several people have commented on the petition and stated that they cannot believe such party activities exist.
Since posting, one business has already retracted the service and it’s possible others will follow suite.
This petition is just one example of people campaigning against the parties. A quick search on Google or Facebook and you’ll find lots of people, like Joe Callister, campaigning to raise awareness and get the parties banned.
Joe’s Facebook post has received over 1,500 shares and thousands of comments in support of a ban.
Elisa Allen, Director of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) UK has also commented on the trend and said it was ‘wrong’ for children to paint ponies and that parents should teach their children not to treat animals like colouring books.
She said: ‘The first lesson a child should be taught is the golden rule – to treat others as you would wish to be treated. So if children wouldn’t like to be forced to stand still while someone painted and drew all over their bodies, it’s wrong to subject ponies to the same treatment.
‘Allowing kids to treat animals like colouring books is a lesson in insensitivity to which no thoughtful parents would expose their children.’
What do you think of pony painting parties? Have you hosted one or has your child gone to one? Head over to our Facebook page to join the conversation, we’d love to hear your thoughts!