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|For Immediate Release, Monday 2 November 2020|
Auckland Activists Target Melbourne FuCup Day
What: Protest against Melbourne Cup
When: Tuesday 3 November 2020 – 3-6pm
Where: Viaduct and Waterfront and various locations of Auckland’s CBD
Every year, many kiwis dress up and ‘party’ on Melbourne Cup Day. Protesters will be present at various locations around Auckland CBD where venues provide screenings and ‘celebration’ for the Cup.
“We will also be dressed up to prove that glamour doesn’t require animal abuse. We want to raise awareness and provide facts to encourage people to make conscious and kinder choices – by not betting on or celebrating the horse racing industry” said Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) spokesperson Aya Oba.
“It is the reality that when the horses are no longer profitable, they are referred to as ‘wastage’ and most of them are sent to the knackery. The average lifespan for a horse is 25 – 30 years yet the average time a horse is used for racing is less than three years, leaving thousands every year to become unwanted whilst still very young”.
“We released our New Zealand ‘Wastage’ Estimates in May 2020 (read here) and our research indicates the number of horses unaccounted for each year has been anywhere between 2,459 to 4,165. Overall, the approximate number of New Zealand thoroughbred horses unaccounted for over the 11-year period is 35,105 – averaging 3,191 horses per year. All of these missing horses are directly linked to gambling and entertainment revenue.”
“We want people to think twice about attending and supporting racing events. There are many opportunities to glam-up and have a good time without contributing to animal cruelty. It is not a celebration or party for the animals.”
“It’s your bet and their lives. Horses are sentient, intelligent and majestic beings. Aotearoa has already shown compassion towards animals by legally recognising them as ‘sentient’ beings by The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill in 2015, yet we still contribute to industries which harm animals. We want to ask poeple – do you really want to support animal abuse?” Ms Oba said.
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