|For Immediate Release, Monday 8 March 2021|
Adelaide Animal Lovers Join Forces To Say Nup to the TAB Adelaide Cup
When: Monday 8 March 11am
Where: Morphettville Racecourse – main entrance on Anzac Hwy
Canine Cup Event
When: Monday 8 March 12 – 4pm
Where: Plant 4, Bowden – 5 Third Street, Bowden SA
Nup to the Cup is a growing national movement, and that includes the caring people of Adelaide and surrounds.
“Every year we see more and more people turning away from the cruelty inherent to horse racing by saying Nup to the Cup” said Campaign Director for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), Elio Celotto.
Animal Liberation South Australia (ALSA) and CPR will be teaming up outside the Morphettville racetrack to call out the industry for its ongoing abuse of thousands of horses, whilst also calling out the TAB, who now claim to have “zero-tolerance” for animal cruelty, yet continue to profit from it. See the TAB claims of zero-tolerance here.
“It’s all well and good claim to be against animal abuse, but actions speak louder than words and the TAB’s actions are no more than a PR exercise” Mr Celotto said.
A third party is also joining forces with the activists this year – the Canine Cup, a fun-filled cruelty-free alterative to the usual fair.
The event came about after event coordinator Dani Slocombe saw Regal Monarch lose his life in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
“I thought ‘someone should make an event like a race day, but with none of the cruelty’ and with ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world‘ mentality. With over a decade of event coordinating experience, I set about to make it happen” Ms Slocombe said.
“Now in it’s fourth year, we celebrate with over 200 guests, having all the fun, fashion, food and photo ops of a race day with none of the cruelty. Even the catering is plant based” she said.
The Canine Cup will raise funds for Freedom Hill Sanctuary, a refuge for horses ruthlessly discarded by the racing industry, along with many other animals in need.
The dog run is pre-recorded at a park, edited to feel like a race, then screened at the glamorous Canine Cup event, where Greens party candidate Yesha Joshi will also be in attendance.
“It is such a great concept and the dogs are very clearly not being forced to do anything, unlike animals used in the racing industry. They look like they are having an absolute ball” said Mr Celotto.
There is also an online version for the Melbourne Cup that venues across Australia and New Zealand screen instead of the horse race.
A video of last year’s Canine Cup, Melbourne Cup edition, can be viewed here.
“The horses need everyone everywhere who claims to care about animals to join the unstoppable movement and say Nup to the Cup all year, not just during the Spring Racing Carnival” Mr Celotto said.
A previous Canine Cup event, where attendees watch the race on the big screen can be viewed here.