Taylor Swift cancels gig at horse racing event in Melbourne after animal rights activists put pressure on her to withdraw

Pressure on Taylor Swift to withdraw performing at one of Australia’s biggest horse racing events has paid off for animal rights activists after the singer cancelled her appearance on race day.

Swift cancelled her controversial appearance at the Melbourne Cup horse racing event on Nov 5th where she was scheduled to perform at the Victoria Racing Club. The appearance was part of her promotional tour in support of her newest album Lover.

The club announced last weeked that “a recent change to Taylor Swift’s Asian promotional tour means she will no longer be able to perform at this year’s Melbourne Cup.”

The cancellation comes after numerous animal rights groups, including Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and PETA, called on Swift to say “#NupToTheCup.”

 “Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. An event where at least 6 horses have been KILLED over the past 6 years,” the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses wrote on Facebook earlier this month.

“With such huge success already, she could easily afford to not only say NO, but use the opportunity to help the horses by speaking up against horse cruelty in the racing industry… If Taylor Swift cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable.”

Swift did not directly say the activists played a role in the cancellation of her appearance.

“THANK YOU TAYLOR! We are absolutely delighted with the news,” they wrote on Facebook. “The pressure on Taylor Swift to cancel her performance was significant. Her fans did not want to see her supporting animal abuse. Whilst the reason being used by the racing industry is a scheduling mix up, it appears to us that she has responded to those calls.”

The organization continued, “We will be keeping a close eye out for whether another artist is announced to perform at the day which is widely becoming known as a national disgrace. No one should be supporting this event which depends on the abuse and suffering of horses.”

“Taylor Swift dumped the Melbourne Cup, and PETA couldn’t be happier,” PETA Press Outreach Manager Moira Colley said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “The event is riddled with horse breakdowns and death and is linked to the bloody horse-slaughter industry, which PETA most recently exposed in South Korea. None of this cruelty is consistent with the kind person we know Taylor to be.”

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