Peta has written a letter to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company calling for the end of the annual Pony Penning event. The letter came in the wake of a tragic accident that claimed the life of a pony last week.

On Tuesday PETA announced it sent a letter to the fire company urging it to make 2018 the last year and to adopt “humane fundraising and herd-management methods in the future”.

A letter from PETA’s Ingrid Newkark said “this pony’s needless death is the latest proof that continuing to pen ponies and auction off their foals makes the Chincoteague Fire Company look increasingly backwards, reckless and cruel”.

The fire company however refuses to even consider such an action.. In a statement on behalf of the fire company Denise Bowden said, “Our Record speaks for itself as how well these beloved animals are taken care of. As long as there is breath in our bodies we will continue the time honored tradition to take care of these ponies, treat them with respect and manage the herd the way we have always done and the ways we have adopted over the years.”

This is not the first time PETA has attempted to interfere on the Shore. Three years ago three PETA representatives stole a dog off the porch of a residence near Parksley and had the dog euthanized without the knowledge of the owners. All three of the PETA representatives were convicted in the incident.