Horse racing is for dinosaurs
Today we will hear about the ‘race that stops the nation’ but yesterday we heard from community members who want to stop the race.
Dinosaurs converged on Flemington yesterday as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) joined forces to protest today’s Melbourne Cup with a t-rex race.
Horse racing stumbling toward extinction
Running (and sometimes stumbling) toward a giant breakaway banner that reads ‘Finish The Cruel, Prehistoric Melbourne Cup Now’, activists donned inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costumes to symbolise how out of date this annual race is. The entertaining event was fun, but the message was serious: cruel and archaic horse racing should be relegated to pre-history.
PETA’s Emily Rice said the Melbourne Cup – and all events that drive senseless horse deaths and catastrophic injuries in the name of greed – deserve to go extinct.
‘Our dinosaur dash proves you can have fun by cheering on willing participants who enjoy themselves. No one needs to be harmed for you to be entertained.’
CPR Campaign Director Elio Celotto said the Coalition is inviting people to boycott horse racing by saying ‘Nup to the Cup’ and joining one of many events taking place across the country.
Animals are not ours to use for entertainment
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that animals are not ours to use for entertainment, while CPR reports that 139 racehorses died on Australian tracks in the past racing year, in addition to the thousands of horses who die every year off the track from racing-related injuries, or those who killed for simply not being profitable.