Photos: Protesters Crack ‘Bloody Horse Whips’ Outside Flemington

PETA and Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses Collaborate to Protest Against Melbourne Cup

Melbourne – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) joined forces with the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) today to protest against the Melbourne Cup. A group of protesters wearing geometric horse masks stood outside the gates of Flemington Racecourse carrying signs reading, “Nup to the Cup” and “You Bet – They Die” andcracked “horse whips”, shooting blood-red smoke into the sky.

Photos of the demonstration are available here.

“A spate of recent controversies has exposed the racing industry’s ruthless slaughter of thousands of unwanted racehorses, and yet, nothing has changed,” says CPR Communications Director Kristin Leigh. “Racehorses are still being sent to slaughter while the industry pretends to have cleaned up its mess.”

A report and documentary recently released by CPR reveals that every year, nearly 5,000 racehorses are killed at one Australian slaughterhouse alone. “With one other slaughterhouse killing horses for human consumption and approximately 30 knackeries, we estimate the number of Thoroughbred racehorses being sent to slaughter each year to be more than 10,000,” Leigh adds.

CPR’s “Deathwatch Report 2020” reveals that between August 2019 and July 2020, 116 horses died on Australian racetracks after sustaining catastrophic injuries or from heart failure. Even more horses are killed away from the track. Horses forced to race commonly suffer from stomach ulcers, experience internal bleeding from the lungs, and are painfully whipped to the finish line.

“While media coverage glosses over the bleeding lungs, broken bones, and tragic loss of life, horses on Australian racetracks are subject to severe abuse,” says PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “How many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful demonstration of national senselessness?”

Protesters outside of Flemington.NkT Photography

As documented by PETA US in 2019, many horses bred by the Australian racing industry are sold to South Korea, where they’re eventually slaughtered for meat. Since the 1970s, more than 3,000 horses from Australia or who had Australian parents have been killed for their flesh in South Korea. Following the release of this investigation, police in Jeju, South Korea, charged the abattoir where the footage was obtained, along with three of its workers, with killing horses in full view of other horses in violation of the nation’s Animal Protection Act.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

CPR notes that so long as horses are used as commodities for entertainment and gambling profits, there will be suffering. For more information, please visit