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Why Say 'Nup to the Cup'?

The Melbourne Cup has been bringing people together since 1861. A day at the races was a favourite pastime of people around the Global North; England has the Grand National Steeplechase, the USA has the Kentucky Derby, and other countries have their own feature race day. Cup events in Australia are held not only in Melbourne, but across the country throughout the year.

Until relatively recently, most people were oblivious to the negative impact of horse racing on horses and the community. Life, culture, our morals, and understanding are forever changing. What was acceptable ten years ago may not be acceptable today. This is certainly the case with horse racing for many different reasons.

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1. Animal Cruelty, Exploitation & Abuse

Horses bred for racing have a specific purpose – to win and be profitable. This creates a conflicting interest with the horse’s welfare.


2. Gambling Addiction

The culture surrounding the Melbourne Cup aids in normalising gambling for Victorians, and Australians at large.


3. Alcohol, assault and accidents

According to the Vic Health report Drinking cultures and social occasions: Alcohol harms in the context of major sporting events...


4. It brings out the worst in us

A vista of empty bottles and rubbish strewn across the manicured lawn of Flemington.

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Nup To The Cup – High Tea

Join us at SeedsOfLife Q Super Centre Mermaid Waters Gold Coast QLD for our NUP TO THE CUP HIGH TEA EVENT Bring your friends and meet some new ones at our annual ‘Nup To The Cup’ High Tea at our Plant Based Cafe and Bakery. Enjoy Grain & Gluten Free Organic Plant-Based Wholefoods and decadent …

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Nup to all Cups

Let’s dress up to stand up for those who don’t have a voice or choice. Celebrate change and the way forward, by giving money to animal welfare groups who are working hard to support these beautiful beings. Your ticket includes: Bubbles, vegan canapés and a donation of $15 to animal welfare. Tickets available here. Dress …

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NSW: Teveton Centre Nup to the Cup Luncheon Party

Yes Tuesday 1 November is Melbourne Cup Day but ‘Nup to the Cup’ is not about celebrating Melbourne Cup – but rather it is to celebrate animals. We will still celebrate with fun, laughter, stories, champagne, fancy outfits (or not), fascinators, crazy hats and good company. Nup to the Cup is to be held at …

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NSW: Nup to The Cup Animal Liberation Southern Highlands

Animal Liberation (Southern Highlands) Nup to the Cup lunch and discussion. Join us at the Veggie Nook in Bowral 210-224 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576 at 1pm. Pay for your own lunch and if you can donate to Animal Liberation here. Facebook event here.

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QLD: Nup To The Cup – Drag Queen Style!

Fancy a day out with your Divas? Then come join us for a fabulous time on Melbourne Cup day, by saying Nup To The Cup with our Gorgeous Drag Queens. The day includes 3 Hours of Drag Shows , Games, Best Dressed Comp and access to our Charity Raffle with over $1000 in prizes to …

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VIC: Nup to the Cup @ Red Sparrow Pizza Prahran

Fundraising event for Coalition For The Protection of Racehorses. Food and drink specials – cocktails and mocktails, and vegan bake sale. Bookings can be made at www.redsparrowpizza.com

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VIC: Serotonin Fundraiser

Australia’s biggest horse racing event of the year is fast approaching – putting horses in danger for the sake of gambling profit. Here’s how you can celebrate with kindness this November 1st, and shape a kinder world for horses. Come get your morning coffee at Serotonin. For the first time ever, we will be opening …

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VIC: Organic Sparkling Wine while you shop @ Vegan Grocery Store.

On Tuesday 1st November we are open from 11-4. Pop in for a sample of organic champers with your shopping, perhaps before or after you’ve been to Farshans on the Field / Melbourne’s Original Nup to the Cup Party. We are taking donations for CPR so they can continue their work saving horses and achieving …

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NSW: Greens Nup to the Cup 2022

This year the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, is hosting an in-person Nup to the Cup event on Melbourne Cup Day. Year after year we witness the needless, painful deaths and horrible suffering of horses on racetracks in Australia. The reality is that one racehorse dies from racing-related injuries every 2.5 …

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NZ: Protest the Melbourne FuCup

Where: Downtown and waterfront, Auckland CBD Melbourne Cup is what we call FuCup Day, as horse racing contributes to animal abuse in the name of ‘entertainment’ and ‘tradition’. We believe the exploitation of animals need to END and people should have the right to be informed what really happens behind the racing industry facade. We …

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Nup to the Cup history

How did it all start?

Nup to the Cup started over a decade ago when a supporter of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses suggested there should be an alternative event for people who want to have a good time on Melbourne Cup Day without supporting animal cruelty.

Our very first event took place in 2010. It poured rain and 20 people spent most of the day huddled under a small marquee. Surprisingly, it was still a lot of fun. So, we kept doing it year after year – rain, hail or shine.

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The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses has been relentlessly campaigning, helping to expose the cruelty and abuse in the racing industry. Melbourne Cup Day itself has resulted in the death of at least eight horses in the past ten years, and many others have sustained serious injury, never to be heard of again. There would of course be many other Melbourne Cup Day deaths prior to when CPR started recording such fatalities. Horse racing no longer enjoys the glamorous image it once had – it’s now fighting for its social licence.

Many people, including some notable celebrities, are now saying Nup to the Cup and refusing to attend the races. In 2019, Taylor Swift tore up her million-dollar contract and refused to sing at the Melbourne Cup.

The original Nup to the Cup event happens every year in a sports field opposite Flemington Racecourse. It now attracts hundreds of people who want to take a stand against animal abuse while still having a good time.

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