I didn't realise that the movement behind boycotting the Melbourne Cup was growing so fast and so strong!
But it is.
Many Aussies are choosing to not celebrate the Melbourne Cup today and are going to take part in what is now being dubbed #NupToTheCup
There have been plenty of “alternative” events planned for today (and this has being going on for years now, I must have had my head stuck in the sand because I did not know this.)
Around 26 “nup to the cup” events have been organised across Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and even Canberra.
The CPR (The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses) says that these events include champagne lunches, “cruelty free” fashion shows, raffles and my favourite racing event, a T-Rex race, where people race in inflatable dinosaur costumes.
This idea to boycott the Race That Stops The Nation is growing due to the recent episode of ABC’s 7.30 program that showed many racehorses being sent to the slaughterhouse and being mistreated while there.
Many have taken to Social Media to express their opinion on the matter.
— Mads 🏳️🌈 (@mads_mad_sad) 4 November 2019
Ladies and lads, heres a great #melbournecup fashion accessory: a moral conscience! You can wear it anytime and it fits everybody. Suits all skin colours. Go ahead try one on! Its "odds on" you'll feel great!! #NupToTheCup @mikecarlton01 @Victoriangreens @animalsaust— James Rose MediaFy (@jamesrose) 4 November 2019
What horse will die during the race that stops the nation this year?? #NupToTheCup— Daniella (@daniella_k) 4 November 2019
More than a decade ago, when I was new to Australia, I always wanted to attend the #MelbourneCup with my partner - I'm glad we never did !— Nauroze Anees (@ForLovenFreedom) 3 November 2019
A Section of Australian Community clearly Enjoy & Celebrate Cruelty being inflicted, be it the Horses or Humans in Detention.#NupToTheCup
After witnessing the cruelty to horses I will not be supporting or betting on the cup or any other meetings again until I know the majestic animals are being better treated. It is a national disgrace #MelbourneCup2019— Eamon (@EamonStarrett) 4 November 2019
Don't let the media influence your opinion on an industry. Yes there are people that do the wrong thing but the standard practice of horse racing isn't cruel. Only what some people do— Luke hoyle (@hoyley098) 3 November 2019
And if you succeed in destroying the racing industry all of the horses will be sent to slaughter. Focus on those who break the rules rather than ushering in the extinction of a species.— Alexandra Marshall (@ellymelly) 4 November 2019
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