For Immediate Release:

23 October 2019

Animal Protection Group Awards South Hobart Establishment for Refusing to Broadcast the Melbourne Cup

Hobart – A Compassionate Business Award is on its way from PETA to The Cascade Hotel in recognition of its decision not to broadcast the Melbourne Cup or any other horse or dog race.

In a Facebook post, the hotel’s owner announced this weekend that, rather than broadcasting the upcoming Melbourne Cup, the establishment would screen The Final Race, an investigation into cruelty to animals in the racing industry.

“Kudos to The Cascade Hotel for boycotting the shameful racing industry, which treats animals like wind-up toys,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Forcing horses to race is an accident waiting to happen. Their legs are long and fragile, they’re forced to run while still young and growing, and they’re whipped, often drugged, and pushed to their breaking point. The sooner this shameful industry is put out to pasture, the better.”

According to new research from Roy Morgan, only a quarter of Australians now watch any type of horseracing on TV, down from over 30% just four years ago.

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, revealed earlier this year that some 3,000 Australian horses and their offspring had been cast off by the racing industry and killed for meat in South Korea. The investigated abattoir has been charged with violations of the South Korean Animal Protection Act.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.