Taylor Swift is set to headline one of the most famous horse races in the world – The Melbourne Cup – but not everybody is raring to go, with a protest already mounted by animal activists.
While news that the singer was headed to Flemington on Tuesday 5 November was only announced by The Victorian Racing Club today the reaction has been swift.
It may be the race that stops the nation but animal activists have called for a stop to Swifts show with the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses launching a social media campaign asking Swift to say #NupToTheCup.
In a statement on Facebook the Coalition said: Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. An event where at least 6 horses have been killed over the past 6 years.
If Taylor Swift cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable.
The Look What You Made Me Do singer has three cats, including the newest addition to her furry family a kitten called Benjamin Button, all of which she has applied a trademark to.
Swift hasnt told anyone to calm down yet but has shared her excitement her upcoming visit down-under
I cant wait to come to Melbourne, and I cant wait to come to the Melbourne Cup, she told the Herald Sun.
Ive heard so much about the race.
#NupToTheCup has been trending on Twitter in Melbourne – the location of Swifts scheduled event – with Australian politicians also lending their voices to the campaign.
Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi tweeted: I love our Friday afternoons listening to @TaylorSwift13 in the office, but I feel the opposite about the Melbourne Cup. Gambling-fuelled cruelty shouldnt be anyones entertainment. Taylor, do the right thing and say #NupToTheCup
While the haters gonna hate VRC chief executive Neil Wilson said he was thrilled to welcome the worlds most celebrated star to the event.
To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the worlds biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal, Wilson said.
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