Breaking! Taylor Swift Cancels Her Controversial Performance At The 2019 Melbourne Cup Horse Race After Public Outcry Due To The Death Of Six Horses In Six Years

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Taylor Swift has cancelled her controversial performance that was set to take place at Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, November 5th, at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. 

While the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), claims the cancellation was the result of “changes to her Asian promo schedule” that made it “logistically impossible” for Swift to perform at the event, it is most-likely due to the pressure aimed at the ten-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter to withdraw from the event where at least six horses have died over the past six years.

“The pressure on Taylor Swift to cancel her performance was significant,” stated a post on the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses Facebook page, the organization responsible for a petition that generated more than 6,000 signatures. “Her fans did not want her supporting animal abuse.”

Fans also took to Twitter last week, calling on Swift to change her mind and say #NupToTheCup.

According to the animal welfare organization, one horse is tragically killed on Australian racetracks every three days. Thousands who survive being beaten with a whip and pushed well beyond their limits on the track are slaughtered when they are no longer profitable. Many don’t even make it to the track, killed as foals for simply not having the desired attributes.

“We will be keeping a close eye out for whether another artist is announced to perform, which is widely becoming known as a national disgrace,” continued the organization. “No one should be supporting this event which depends on the abuse and suffering of horses.

Swift’s compassionate cancellation follows the recent announcement on her Facebook page, that she has collaborated on a new fashion collection with vegan designer Stella McCartney, #StellaxTaylorSwift.

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