The Alternative - Nup to the Cup
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.
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.
Are you Nup to The Cup, but miss the fun and dress up of the occasion and would like to attend a Not The Melbourne Cup event to raise funds for The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses on 07 November with prizes? Please message the organisers on 0410449271 and they will provide details of …Read More
Exciting news! This year the official Nup to the Cup party is happening indoors at the bowls club opposite Flemington racecourse on Cup Day. (No more braving Melbourne’s unpredictable weather ⛈️☀️🌦️) Tickets on sale NOW! here. For the 8th year running the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and Tenfingerz are joining forces to bring you …Read More
The Melbourne Cup is a grotesque festival of animal cruelty, consumerism, alcoholism and gambling. Tragically, 168 horses have died on the track this year alone. How many more horses need to die before we realise that horse racing kills? Enough is enough. Join Greens Deputy Leader and Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, and the …Read More
Please join Animal Liberation South Australia and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses to say Nup to the Cup at the Morphettville Raceday. Meet at the Morphettville Tram Stop entrance at 10:30am. Dress: smart casual or as though you are going to the races is even better. Bring: refreshments, weather protection as required. Banners …Read More
On Saturday 11 November Peanuts Wellbeing Sanctuary (Oallen, NSW) would like to welcome you to come and spend the day with all of the beautiful animals living out their lives in peace at the Sanctuary. Tickets available here. We want to celebrate the day by showing the lives who are saved and are no longer …Read More
Join Red Sparrow on November 7th as they support Humane Animal Rescue for their annual Nup to the Cup event. From 2pm-5pm: – 1/2 price Not Wings (including special flavours for the day) – $5 cans of @heapsnormal – $6 cans of @fixationbrewing – Humane Animal Rescue stall with merch, information and dogs looking for …Read More
LET’S SAY NUP TO THE CUP! Join us as we say “Nup to the Cup” with a scrumptious lunch at the awesome No Bones, Ocean Shores. We promise it’ll be a blast! 🎉 Event Details: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH AT 12:30 PM AT NO BONES, OCEAN SHORES Delicious Lunch: For just $45 per person. Plus, the …Read More
This year U Jelly Cafe will be hosting a Nup the Cup event it will be a set mexican tasting menu and bookings required. $10 from each meal will be donated to a charity that helps in the recovery of race horses. We will be open for this event specifically as we are normally closed …Read More
Dogs day out. Tiny Dog races. ( under 5 kg) Races – the Pawfield cup. The Cox ya leg plate then the Melbourne Pup Race. Gnashings on the Field best dressed for ALL dogs. Stalls, A kissing booth, a Pawtune Teller called Madam Patsy, Pin up Pooch – All money to Tiny Tales Rescue. Held …Read More
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.
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.