Updated: Nov 2
The Melbourne Cup, one of Australia's most iconic horse racing events, has long been celebrated as the "race that stops a nation". However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement to say "Nup" to the Cup. This movement is driven by concerns about the welfare and cruelty inflicted on the horses that participate in this event. In the past decade 7 horses have unfortunately died during the notorious race.
Horse racing is about -
· The constant push for the fastest, strongest horses results in overbreeding, leaving many horses that don't make the cut. These horses often end up in uncertain and sometimes dire situations. Go to any horse sales and see the unwanted and abused ex racehorses that are destined to be dog food.
· The intense training and high-pressure environment increase the risk of injuries. Some horses suffer injuries that end their careers, and sadly, others don't make it, and that's just heartbreaking.
· Many horses in racing are also given medications to keep them competitive. While it might help them run faster, it can also seriously impact their health. In some tragic cases, it even leads to fatalities.
· Whipping, Tongue Ties and Tongue Clips are still a thing in horse racing!
The "Nup to the Cup" movement is a response to the cruelty and mistreatment of horses within the racing industry. Advocates and organizations are working to raise awareness about these issues and call for reform. The movement encourages people to boycott the Melbourne Cup and other horse racing events, emphasizing the need for change.
Saying "Nup to the Cup" is not just a rejection of a single horse racing event; it's a stand against the systemic issues that plague the industry. The welfare of horses should always be a top priority, and the "Nup to the Cup" movement serves as a powerful reminder of the need for reform. While the Melbourne Cup has a long history, it's time to reevaluate the price that horses pay for our entertainment and tradition.
From 2019-2023 Happily Heifer After have rescued and rehabilitated 5 Ex Race horses and found Forever homes for 3 of these lovely beings.