Are those against the Melbourne Cup actually supporting a more widespread sense of animal cruelty?
Two Melbourne Cup horses died in last year’s race, but if you do your research approximately 50 died that same day because their owners were too lazy to call a vet when early signs of illness became apparent, or because the owners fed their horses the wrong thing causing colic – a disease that causes premature death.
So would it be too far of an assumption to state by being against the Melbourne Cup you are actually supporting a more widespread kind of animal cruelty as these horses would become either wild or cared for by irresponsible or poor owners?
The more horses pushed into the wild face death due to starvation or dehydration. The more horses taken in by owners face a lack of care, colic disease, and more due to owners being irresponsible or even just unable to afford it – a rising trend as farmer’s income declines. The race-horsing industry is a multi-million dollar industry giving these animals the right care that they need, immediate attention to early signs of illness, and while it may be for greedy and selfish reasons, it still sees these animals cared for.
In actual fact the horse Mongolian Kahn, a front runner for the Cup, has been showing signs of colic disease and instead of receiving zero care it will be treated immediately, and removed from the race. That doesn’t sound like animal cruelty to me, but letting it die because the owner is too lazy to call a vet, does.
I am a vegetarian and I have often struggled with the for and against battle with Melbourne Cup and ultimately the racing industry. I don’t eat any meat including fish, nor do I consume anything with Gelatin in it (this is made from cows hooves and found in many lollies, jelly and more).
I don’t wear anything made out of leather, nor do I shop anywhere that supports Angora Fur (David Jones and General Pants both supported Angora but have recently ditched due to the video footage of rabbits having their fur ripped out while they are alive).
Many people I have seen posting about the fact the Cup supports animal cruelty, shopped at these places, wear make-up and clothes brands that are notorious for testing on animals and animal cruelty, respectively, and more. They support definite animal cruelty without even bothering to do the research, yet are quick to state the Melbourne Cup, and only the Melbourne Cup (not any other race days) is a form of animal cruelty.
There is a whole other argument for racehorses and their futures after racing, which has left me very confused about my stance on racing, but for now this is how I see the Cup and the race-horsing industry – straight from a vegetarian’s mouth.