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4 ways to celebrate on Cup Day without hurting horses

4 ways to celebrate on Cup Day without hurting horses

Posted 22 October 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Melbourne Cup, horse racing, horses, Hat Day

If you love horses, horse racing is nothing to celebrate. Sadly, a lot of people still don't know the shocking truth about horse racing ... what the industry refers to as 'wastage' -- the thousands of horses that are killed every single year simply because they aren't winning races and making money.

So I for one won't be celebrating the Melbourne Cup BUT there's plenty of other good reasons to celebrate -- It's a Tuesday? (Which means it's not a Monday.) The sun is shining? (Fingers crossed.) I get a day off while my mates in other states have to work? Yep. Yep. Yep! (Sorry guys). So here's my top tips for how to celebrate November 3rd minus the cruelty of horse racing ...

'Nup to the Cup' picnic

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 ✔
  • Show racegoers that kindness is more fun than cruelty ✔

RSVP to the FB event

Host your own party

Let's be honest, the best bits of Cup Day are the fancy clothes and hats. (And the company of course!) So host a Hat Day party! Get your mates together, put a fake feather in your hair, clink glasses and if you're the gambling type, here's 10 bets you can make with your friends that you'll never lose :)

Hold a fundraiser for animals

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 coin towards helping animals this year instead of supporting 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.

Spread the word

It's pretty clear that there's heaps of ways to drop the cruelty of racing and still have an awesome day on Nov 3. So let your friends know too by sharing this silly hat cat on facey. Maybe with an invite to your cruelty-free party ;)



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Lentilian Lentilian 12 November 2015
This sounds like fun! My Dad, sister and I go on a huge walk every cup day, 20-30 km. Next year I'll try to get some sponsers and donate to the animals!
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FreeTheAnimals101 FreeTheAnimals101 15 November 2015
Is Cup Day just in Australia
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Racoonkitten Racoonkitten 19 December 2015
Cup day is just in Australia (ans its only a publc holiday in victoria)
I hate horse racing. Even before I knew of the "wastage" I hated it for the whipping of horses.
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