It is very welcome news to learn a City of Melbourne Councillor will be putting forward a motion at the upcoming Melbourne City Council meeting to withdraw current support, and make ineligible any future applications for support of horse racing events or celebrations.
TAKE ACTION and email your support of the motion now! Contacts at the end of this article.
At the 12 November 2019 Melbourne City Council (Future Melbourne Committee) meeting, Cr Leppert to move —
If voted in by the councillors
That the Future Melbourne Committee:
1. Condemns the systemic cruelty and ‘wastage’ produced by the horse racing industry.
2. Directs management to amend and republish forthwith the City of Melbourne’s Event Partnership Program guidelines and Triennial Sponsorship Program guidelines with an additional class of events added to the list of ‘ineligible applications’ being “Events that celebrate or involve horse racing.”
If voted in, this would ensure an end to the annual Melbourne Cup Eve Parade which is nothing more than a glorification of gambling and animal abuse.
The parade is becoming a dismal affair, with the number of supporters dropping each year as the number of protesters grows. And it all comes at a huge cost to City of Melbourne ratepayers who fork out an “undisclosed” but no doubt huge amount towards an already multi-billion dollar industry.
The City of Melbourne likes to refer to itself as a progressive city, but when it comes to animals it repeatedly fails to live up to this position. The elected Councillors need to hear from you and know that you expect them to do what is right and support Councillor Leppert’s motion to condemn the horse racing industry and withdraw all future support.
A majority vote of 6 of the 11 Councillors is needed.
Email the Lord Mayor now and CC all the Councillors. Make your email polite and respectful. You can also make an official submission in support of the motion here.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp
Deputy Lord Mayor Aron Wood
Nicolas Frances Gilley
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