LAST UPDATED: 27 November 2017
If you love horses, horse racing is nothing to celebrate. Whipping an exhausted animal down a track in front of a screaming crowd isn't 'entertainment' — it's cruelty. (Science says so!)
The good news is there are plenty of ways you can celebrate on November 7th without buying into the cruelty of horse racing.
Our friends at Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) are hosting a picnic at the park opposite Flemington Racecourse.
- Cruelty-free BBQ ✔
- Animal friends welcome ✔
- Dress to impress and race yourself for the chance to win $500! ✔
- Show racegoers that kindness is more fun than cruelty ✔
RSVP at the Facebook event page: Farshans on the Field.
Let's be honest, the best bits of Cup Day are the hats and the champagne. So host a fancy dress party! Get your mates together, put a fake feather in your hair, clink glasses and if you're the gambling type, here are 10 bets you can make with your friends that you'll never lose :)
A lot of workplaces and even schools have sweeps on race day or place bets in other ways. Why not convince your work or school mates to put their dollars towards helping animals this year instead of betting on cruelty?
You could all pitch in a few dollars, draw a name out of a hat to win a box of chocolates or another prize, and then donate the rest to an animal charity of your choice.
There are heaps of ways to avoid the cruelty of racing and still have an awesome day on November 7th. So join thousands of other caring Aussies in pledging to protect horses from cruelty by never betting on a horse race and let your friends know too by sharing the image below. (Maybe with an invite to your cruelty-free party?)