Taylor Swift has canceled her controversial performance at Australia’s Melbourne Cup horse racing event following outcry from animal rights activists over the treatment of the horses.
Swift was scheduled to perform at the Victoria Racing Club on November 5th as the singer embarks on a promotional tour in support of her recent album “Lover.” However, the Victoria Racing Club announced Saturday 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, called on Swift to say “#NupToTheCup,” CNN reports, with the organization also launching a petition to lobby the singer to withdraw from the Melbourne Cup.
“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.”
While neither Swift nor the Melbourne Cup acknowledged the animal rights activists’ role in the gig’s cancellation, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses praised Swift’s decision Saturday.