Taylor Swift Under Fire For Plans To Perform At Melbourne Cup
Pop star Taylor Swift has come under fire from fans and animal rights activists after the announcement that she would be performing two songs at the Melbourne Cup — a highly controversial horse racing event in Australia.
Victoria Racing Club, the body responsible for the Melbourne Cup, announced on Instagram that the star would be putting in her only public Australian appearance at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Her performance is scheduled for November 5, before the races begin.
“Money Before Compassion” For Taylor Swift?
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses lands on the list of critics.
“Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup,” it stated.
Some of Swift’s fans have had a similar reaction.
“As a big fan of @taylorswift13 and someone who’s been a wonderful role model for my daughter, this news was truly disappointing,” wrote one Twitter user.
“@taylorswift13 please don’t support an event that promotes gambling and animal cruelty!!”
New South Wales Senator Mehreen Faruqi echoed the sentiment.
“I love our Friday afternoons listening to @TaylorSwift13 in the office, but I feel the opposite about the Melbourne Cup,” she wrote.
“Gambling-fuelled cruelty shouldn’t be anyone’s entertainment. Taylor, do the right thing and say #NupToTheCup”
Swift has not commented on social media in response to the concerns.
The Cost of Horse Racing
Horse racing has claimed the lives of countless horses since its inception.
In Australia alone, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses compiled data stating that between August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019, 122 racehorses have died or been euthanized due to injuries they sustained from racing. Earlier in 2019 in California, 21 racehorses were euthanized due to injuries brought on by track conditions over the course of two months.
The injuries most commonly reported are catastrophic front limb injuries, where the horses bones can shatter due to the stress brought on by racing.
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