Melbourne Cup: Will you spend the day boozing, boycotting or bearing it?


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November 06, 2018 12:20:25

It’s a race that stops the nation, but it’s increasingly becoming the race that divides the nation.

For some, the Melbourne Cup is an opportunity to kick up the heels, have a drink or 10, and place a cheeky bet on horse. For others, the event is seen as nothing more than animal cruelty — something to be avoided at all costs.

We asked you on Messenger how you plan on spending this Melbourne Cup. Here’s what you said:

Not surprisingly, most responses were from those passionately against it

I’ll avoid watching it — I won’t participate in the sweep, and will leave the office when the race is on telly. I’ll look out for news about horse welfare following the race. — Bec M

Boycotting and explaining to anyone who asks about my feelings the Melbourne Cup is a representation of humanity that I want no part of. Greed, gluttony, debauchery, animal cruelty. — Pamela G

I’m just going to switch off Instagram and ignore all social media posts about the cup. In fact, I think I’ll sit on my couch, wrap myself up in a blanket burrito and finally watch ‘Train to Busan’. — Celine L

I won’t be participating in any of it. But I’m also not going to rant about it on social media because it won’t achieve anything — Annie M

Others felt the best plan of attack was a busy day on social media saying #NupToTheCup

Plastering social media with stats on the cruelty of the horse racing industry. — Peter N

Unfriending everyone who supports the abuse and exploitation of these gorgeous animals [would be going to protests if I wasn’t busy] — Maddi G

But some felt the office peer pressure was too strong

I hate everything about the Melbourne Cup. Having recently joined a new team, I’m participating in the office celebrations [afternoon snacks and drinks] because I’d be labelled a nutter otherwise — but I’ve elected not to participate in the sweep. — Dayne

I boycott the office sweep and the afternoon tea, and I avoid social media for the day. I pretend it’s because I have urgent work to complete. If I admitted that the degradation of these beautiful animals for such a frivolous purpose disgusts me, I would be called un-Australian. — Tara S

I’m glad work lets us stop for a catered lunch, and to watch the race, but I do feel bad for the horses. In the past I’ve watched the cup and attended the races in Sydney, but I don’t think I can call myself an animal lover and also continue to love the races without being a hypocrite. — Rochelle T

My office has organised an optional [reward-based] dog race at the park between the two office dogs and a picnic — Plent S

Those lucky enough to have a public holiday (cough, Victoria) wanted to make the most of the day off

By sewing in my craft room and listening to Classic FM. — Ann P

Girlfriend is coming over and we’re watching a video game livestream — Sean B

[I’m going to] work for those sweet penalty rates — Charlie H

And only a few of you planned on getting into the festivities

A long, boozy MC lunch at a MC function put on by Rotary with proceeds to Women’s Health here in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea! — Tiffany T

Had booked for lunch with old-time pals from work at the club for lunch and enjoy the package deal such as one free compliment drink, lunch, door prize and $2 sweep tickets. I suppose [I] will just have fun. — Carmen H

Topics:

horse-racing,

sport,

community-and-society,

melbourne-3000,

vic,

australia



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