Investigator Rules High-Diving Mules Not Animal Cruelty

There has been a heated controversy over a Texas rodeo act called The All-American High Diving Aqua Mules. These high-diving miniature mules, Dipsy Doodle, Smokey and Ingrid, step off a 24-foot-high platform into a six-foot-deep pool at Lightning Ranch in South Texas.

Animal activists call this animal cruelty because the mules are old, ranging from 16 to 22-years-old. They want the act to be shut down. Activists said that it isn’t natural for mules to jump off a platform into water, and they are worried about their safety.

After looking at evidence of the diving mules, an investigator for the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office found that the mules used in these high-diving acts were not treated cruelly.

Deputy Shane Merritt said there was no animal cruelty because the mules are not prodded to walk off of the platform into the pool. He also added that these mules have been doing this for years as part of a traveling road show.

Bill Rivers, the owner of the All American High-Diving Mules said the mules are willing to do it and like diving. He added: “If they didn’t … People need to stop and think. We need to give the animals a little bit of credit for being intelligent.”

Rivers’s father started the act in the 1950s when he saw horses diving off of Atlantic City’s Steel Pier. The mules used to perform in county fairs, but due to the controversy, now they only perform at the ranch.

Rivers said that none of the mules have ever been hurt during the act. He said people should see the act before judging it.

9 Responses to “Investigator Rules High-Diving Mules Not Animal Cruelty”

  1. Lynne says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, that is abusive to the animals.

  2. Cathy says:

    No abuse? I bet those mules didn’t just jump off that platform of their own free will the first few times.

  3. Lynne says:

    Exactly, Cathy. It’s what people don’t see, like the electric prods and hooks used on elephants to get them to “entertain” us.

  4. HighNote says:

    I agree with all of you. I am sure they were pushed for a while or had electric prods used on them and then they just started jumping because of past abuse. You know it has to smart on their tummies! Very sad that they have to live such a life all the time.

  5. 3FURS says:

    The only way to stop these “animal acts “, is for people to refuse to pay to see them. It’s paying someone your money to abuse animals.

  6. Baaboo says:

    Dumb sheriff……..this is absolutely animal abuse. He probably thinks Vick was not abusive……dumb jerk !!!

  7. Trudy Jackson says:

    And how would the sheriff know anyway? Is He trained to know the difference? I have seen some where the electric prod is hidden and when they step on a certain place they have to jump.
    We don’t even go to the circus anymore.

  8. Diane says:

    Oh, no, they enjoy risking their lives to entertain a bunch of yahoos. What do they keep in the water cooler at that sheriff’s office??

  9. Julie says:

    The mules can grow opposable thumbs and put a stop to it themselves if they don’t like it. Maybe we can get you wimps to jump into a shallow pool for our amusement instead? Shut your cake hole and go back to ignoring your children as you “save the world from itself”.


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