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 will be marching the streets in Auckland CBD and waterfront where the venues will be hosting the screening of the race on this day. We will carry placards, footage on screens and hand out informative leaflets showing shocking facts of the racing industry.
We will also have a whip demonstration for people to try to see if the whipping really does not hurt.
Every year on this day, even in Aotearoa – people use this opportunity to ‘glam-up’ and celebrate this event – while innocent animals are facing a high risk of injury and death.
We protestors will also be dressed up to prove that the glamour and real beauty does not require animal abuse. We want to raise awareness and provide facts, so more people can make conscious and kinder choices – by not betting and contributing to the horse racing industry.
While people are enjoying bubbles and fashion, there are horses bubbling from their mouth, running to death. While people are betting, horses are going through Russian roulette for their life.
• 9 Deaths and 207 injuries in NZ 2022 (at 12/10/2022)
• 139 Death in Australia August 1st, 2021 – July 31st 2022
• Recent casualties of the Melbourne Cup.- Anthony Van Dyck (2020), Cliffsofmoher (2018), Regal Monarch (2016), Red Cadeaux (2015), Admire Rakti (2014), Araldo (2014), Verema (2013), Rose of Peace (2013)
• There is a significant rise in domestic violence on the Cup day – with alcohol and gambling creating a high risk for abuse – most commonly by a male perpetrator
We will not stop fighting – until all are free.
For more information:
Documentary ‘The Final Race’ https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/the-dark-side-of-the-horse-racing-industry/11614022
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