The Melbourne Cup, Australia's symbolic horse race, attracted a lot of criticism in 2019, after a recent publication of the 7.30 program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The last race: The dark side of the horse racing industry exposed disturbing details about the elimination of thoroughbred blood for the manufacture of food for human consumption. The publication showed video images of the so-called “wastage” of the horses that are no longer needed. He also showed a slaughterhouse in which animals are slaughtered, with electric shocks or “trampled and trapped.” It was claimed that up to 4000 horses disappear every year, a figure that has been denied by race authorities, such as Racing Victoria.
Many viewers found the post extremely worrying. The following reaction to a short version of the video on Facebook repeated that feeling:
Peter Gill: I was going to go to the Melbourne cup this year the first time in 67 years I've just canceled I couldn't support such a horrible industry
Peter Gill: I was going to attend the Melbourne Cup this year for the first time in 67 years, but I just canceled, I can't support such a horrible industry
The figures were denied by sector organizations such as Racing Victora, which shortly thereafter announced the implementation of a welfare program for racehorses with a cost of 25 million Australian dollars (17 million US dollars).
Following the scandal, a lot of problems related to this issue came to light. Injuries and deaths related to the Cup have become a constant concern. The process of slaughter of horses with broken bones inside the racecourse has attracted public attention to this aspect of the race and to horse racing in general.
The calls for riders to stop using whips during races have multiplied and many expect this practice to be banned in the near future:
– Melbourne Sports Law (@sportslawMELB) November 4, 2019
Melbourne Cup: Whips in horse racing are likely to be banned in the future for ‘perception problem’, says official.
Sports, animal welfare and sports law, Melbourne Cup: It is possible that in the future it will be forbidden to whip future racehorses due to a ‘perception problem’, the official said.
The creators of the satirical video The Juice Media added this scathing answer as part of their series of honest government announcements:
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Zushan Hashmi presented his opinion on the Sportageous online sports analysis site:
It may never be the case though that people across the country and around the world, view this as the brutal sport that it is, simply because there is too much money, fun and entertainment involved.
However, it is possible that people across the country and around the world, never see this sport as the brutal sport that is simply because there is too much money, fun and entertainment involved.
The Racehorse Protection Coalition suggested ways of acting, which include carrying out daily alternative activities and joining the protests. There were protests at the race meetings and during the Cup parade. Some believe that the negative comments are having a real effect:
I have worked across the road from a pub for the last 10 years. Every #MelbourneCup day it’s mayhem, people queued outside to place bets from very early. This year not even a handful of people inside putting bets on. #NupToTheCup
– Trudi (@trudeofthecluse) November 5, 2019
I work in a bar across the street for 10 years. During the days of the Melbourne Cup is chaos, people queued outside to place bets early. This year not even a handful of people entered to bet.
Twitter tag #NupToTheCup (not to the cup) competed for popularity throughout the day and, occasionally, slightly surpassed # MelbourneCup2019 (Melbourne Cup). The following contrasting tweets clearly show the opposite opinions:
– Hypocrite Free Zone ?? (@NotfakenewsMiss) November 4, 2019
They called it “Wars Ends”.
He was born in Victoria and earned $ 388,388 for his owners. He died in a filthy slaughterhouse.
Wrong. No to the Cup.
I ❤ the # MelbourneCup2019 . Best time of the year. Great races, great stories. From the hard working #strappers to the #trainers you work hard for a living. It’s been a tough year but if only people knew how much you care about the horses you look after. #longlivehorseracing pic.twitter.com/FKG3EKXBLw
– Ivo da Silva (@ Freoboy79) November 4, 2019
I ❤️ the Melbourne Cup. It is the best time of the year. Great careers, great stories. From the hard work of the strappers to the trainers, they work hard for a living. It has been a difficult year, I wish people knew how much you care about the horses you care for.
Traditionally, on the day of the Cup the nation stops, and a good part of the inhabitants of the state of Victoria take it as a holiday. Even the federal Parliament postpones its sessions to see the race. This year, the attendance to the race was 81 408 people, the lowest in 24 years, although the weather was sunny and dry. Record attendance was 122,736 in 2003. The audience and the audience were much lower than in recent years.
Bets have also been affected and have shown a change nationwide, it was reported that there was a reduction of almost 6% in 2018.
The result of the race itself was a triumph of public relations for the organizers of the Cup. The winner, Vow and Declare, is the first local horse since 2009. It is a local horse with trainer, rider and Australian owners. At this stage only one serious injured person, Rostropovich, was reported to have suffered a pelvic fracture. It is expected to recover.
An Internet user offered some advice for those who are worried:
– geewhizz (@ G19971998) November 5, 2019
If you bet Rostropovich on your office lottery and won money, consider donating it to a charity for animal welfare.
(The racing lotteries are explained here.)
No doubt the controversy will resume next spring during the Spring Race Carnival.