According to animal rights activists, the carousel horses should be dismantled

February 9, 2024 – 10:00 p.m

István Tarlós on the carousel at the inauguration of Holnemvolt Park on April 29, 2014 – Photo: Attila Kovács / MTI

According to animal advocates, horses and other animal figures in fairs and amusement park carousels convey a bad and false image of animals to children and should be removed. The Dutch branch of the international animal protection organization Peta also supports the original American call to remove horses and all other animals from fairground carousels.

The animal figures on the merry-go-rounds are “unwittingly symbols of the conscious exploitation of vulnerable animals” – according to the children who use the merry-go-rounds, the animal figures convey that it is normal and natural for animals to be exploited.

American organization Peta, asking it to stop making and selling animal-themed figurines of carousels. The animal welfare organization recommends that the company put cars, airplanes, spaceships, bulldozers or even shooting stars, rainbows or brooms on the carousels instead of animals.

The Dutch are initiating a dialogue with the amusement parks, because if they dismantled the animals from the carousels, it would affect other amusement parks throughout Europe. “Times are changing,” they added.

Its management found the idea “interesting and worthy of consideration” and called the work of animal rights organizations important. According to the report, the management of the amusement park did not rule out the dialogue, as well as the possibility of making changes to some games in the future. Efteling is home to several carousels, including the oldest carousel in the Netherlands, dating back to 1865, with 16 horses, two sleighs, a hen and a lion.

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