The Victoria Racing Club, which hosted the Melbourne Cup, announced earlier in September that Swift would headline Melbourne Cup Day on November 5. In an online statement Saturday, however, the club stated that "a recent change to Taylor Swift's Asian promotional
After Swift's performance has been announced, animal rights group The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses on Swift to cancel as part of their #NupToTheCup campaign, pointing to
Last year, Irish racehorse The Cliffsofmoher was euthanized on the racetrack after fracturing his shoulder, becoming the sixth horse to be at the event since 201
3. The death sparked outrage online, and the # NupToTheCup hashtag on Twitter.
On Facebook, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses urged Swift to withdraw from the event, citing her well-documented love for cats. KILLED over the past 6 years, "the group wrote.
" With such huge success already, she in the racing industry, "the post continued.
A petition launched by Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses at the moment Mehreen Faruqi, called
for Swift to pull out on Twitter.
After news of Swift's withdrawal broke, Faruqi posted
"Good on Taylor swift for pulling out and saying #NupToTheCup."
CNN has contacted Swift's representative for comment.