|For Immediate Release, Friday 30 October, 2020|
Protesters Crack ‘Bloody Horse Whips’ Outside Flemington
PETA and Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses Collaborate to Protest Against Melbourne Cup
What: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will join forces with the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) on Monday to protest against the Melbourne Cup. A group of protesters wearing geometric horse masks will stand outside the gates of Flemington Racecourse carrying signs reading “Nup to the Cup” and “You Bet They Die” and crack “horse whips”, shooting blood-red smoke into the sky.
Where: Outside the gates of Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington, Vic
When: Monday, 2 November, 11 am
“A spate of recent controversies has exposed the racing industry’s ruthless slaughter of thousands of unwanted racehorses, and yet, nothing has changed,” says CPR Communications Director Kristin Leigh. “Racehorses are still being sent to slaughter while the industry pretends to have cleaned up its mess.”
A report and documentary recently released by CPR reveals that every year, nearly 5,000 racehorses are killed at one Australian slaughterhouse alone. “With one other slaughterhouse killing horses for human consumption and approximately 30 knackeries, we estimate the number of Thoroughbred racehorses being sent to slaughter each year to be more than 10,000,” Leigh adds.
“While media coverage glosses over the bleeding lungs, broken bones, and tragic loss of life, horses on Australian racetracks are subject to severe abuse and even death,” says PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “How many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful demonstration of national senselessness?”
A 2019 PETA exposé revealed that some 3,000 Australian racehorses and their offspring had been cast off by the industry and killed for meat in South Korea. Last year, 116 horses died on Australian racetracks.