|For Immediate Release, Saturday 21 September 2019|
Animal Activists Applaud Taylor Swift Decision
Today it was announced by the Victoria Racing Club that Taylor Swift has cancelled her controversial performance at the Melbourne Cup.
“We are absolutely delighted with the news” said Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) Communications Director Kristin Leigh.
“The pressure on Taylor Swift to cancel her performance was significant. Her fans did not want to see her supporting animal abuse. Whilst the reason being used by the racing industry is a scheduling mix up, it appears to us that she has responded to those calls.”
Fans took to Twitter last week, in the wake of the announcement of Taylor Swift’s performance at the Melbourne Cup, calling on her to please change her mind and say #NupToTheCup. They raised their valid concerns for the horses used by this industry stating statistics on the high number of horse deaths on track, including the six horses who have died at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day over the past six years, and the routine slaughter of thousands of racehorses every year.
A petition started by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses calling on the artist to say #NupToTheCup has attracted well over 6,000 signatures.
“Taylor would certainly be much more aware of the cruel reality of horse racing than she was a few weeks ago. We are confident she has made this decision based on her love for animals and are very grateful to her for her cancellation.” she said.
“We will be keeping a close eye out for whether another artist is announced to perform at the day which is widely becoming known as a national disgrace. No one should be supporting this event which depends on the abuse and suffering of horses”.
Animal lovers will again be gathering opposite Flemington Racecourse at their fun, cruelty-free Cup Day alternative Fashuns On The Field. Details here.
“We welcome and encourage all to come along and see that you can still have a great time without supporting animal cruelty. Perhaps Taylor Swift could come along and perform too.” Kristin added.
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