So your office is running sweepstakes or you’ve got a compulsory day off work to “celebrate” a cruel horse race. What do you do?
Here are some ideas to help you speak up for animals during this Melbourne Cup:
1. Make a Gory Fascinator
If you love a crafternoon, this approach is for you. Grab an old hat or fascinator from an op shop and get creative. You never know what conversations your headwear will inspire. Make sure you take a selfie with said fascinator and upload it to all your socials with the hashtags #NupToTheCup and #YouBetTheyDie.
2. Bake a Cake With a (Not-So-)Hidden Message
Cup day afternoon tea, anyone? Sometimes, the best way to people’s hearts is through their stomach. Invite them to have a piece of cake and hear the truth about horseracing.
3. Use Your Lunch Time to Invite People to ‘Change Your Mind’
You’ve seen activists like Earthling Ed set up tables in public places to encourage conversations about important issues, so if you are back working in the office, why not bring the idea to your desk? Arm yourself with the facts, and you’ll be surprised by the number of people who just don’t know what they’re supporting when they bet on a horse race.
4. Join the Online Protest
So you’re in Victoria and it’s a public holiday. Melbourne’s annual cup protest party, Farshuns on the Field, is live-streaming on Facebook and Twitch this year between 2 and 4pm on Tuesday 3 November. Other physical protests are happening across the country where COVID-19 restrictions permit, so keep an eye on registered events listed here.
5. Volunteer at an Animal Sanctuary
Parties (even virtual ones) just not your thing? (We hear you, introverts!) There are sanctuaries across the country that are constantly cleaning up after the racing industry’s “wastage” problem, rescuing failed and former racehorses. Google horse rescues in your local area to see how you can help out.
Want to do more? Click the button below to join us in urging companies to stop sponsoring the Melbourne Cup.