Many thanks to Sy Woon, Sentient’s Social Media Co-Ordinator and veterinary student member, who was one of the major organisers of the 2013 ‘Not the Melbourne Cup’, along with Professor Barry Spurr and Teja Pribac-Brooks from the University of Sydney. This event was held on Melbourne Cup day and was highly successful, attracting an audience of 100 people. Hosted by Barry Spurr, the order of events included a poetry reading by poet David Brooks, a speech by Sentient’s Secretary Dr Rosemary Elliott, outlining the welfare issues affecting racehorses (see attachment), an inspiring motivational talk by guest speaker Clare Mann, and presentation of the Vox Animalia Student Essay Prizes by representatives from the Human Animal Research Network and Voiceless. Proceeds went to The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. ‘Not the Melbourne Cup’ has given rise to similar events in Melbourne and South Australia. The aim is to raise awareness of the inherent cruelty behind the ‘glamour’ of the horse racing industry. Tragically, a 5 year old mare, Verema, was euthanased after breaking her cannon bone at yesterday’s race. Her death received minimal coverage from the mainstream media and is a sad reminder of the potential fate of any horse exploited by this industry.
You can read Dr Elliott's speech HERE.