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Animal activists say neigh to Taylor Swifts Melbourne Cup performance foray

It seems not everyone is a lover of Swifts upcoming gig (Picture: AFP)

Taylor Swift is set to headline one of the most famous horse races in the world – The Melbourne Cup – but not everybody is raring to go, with a protest already mounted by animal activists.

While news that the singer was headed to Flemington on Tuesday 5 November was only announced by The Victorian Racing Club today the reaction has been swift.

It may be the race that stops the nation but animal activists have called for a stop to Swifts show with the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses launching a social media campaign asking Swift to say #NupToTheCup.

In a statement on Facebook the Coalition said: Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. An event where at least 6 horses have been killed over the past 6 years.

If Taylor Swift cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable.

The Look What You Made Me Do singer has three cats, including the newest addition to her furry family a kitten called Benjamin Button, all of which she has applied a trademark to.

Swift took her love of cats to the next level by appearing in the movie-adaption of Cats (Picture: Universal Pictures)

Swift hasnt told anyone to calm down yet but has shared her excitement her upcoming visit down-under

I cant wait to come to Melbourne, and I cant wait to come to the Melbourne Cup, she told the Herald Sun.

Ive heard so much about the race.

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#NupToTheCup has been trending on Twitter in Melbourne – the location of Swifts scheduled event – with Australian politicians also lending their voices to the campaign.

Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi tweeted: I love our Friday afternoons listening to @TaylorSwift13 in the office, but I feel the opposite about the Melbourne Cup. Gambling-fuelled cruelty shouldnt be anyones entertainment. Taylor, do the right thing and say #NupToTheCup

(Picture: Twitter)

While the haters gonna hate VRC chief executive Neil Wilson said he was thrilled to welcome the worlds most celebrated star to the event.

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To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the worlds biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal, Wilson said.

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