Taylor Swift stops appearing at the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
The controversial horse race in Australia announced that the 29-year-old Grammy winner would headline in early September. The musician's decision comes after animal rights activists have criticized Swift in the social media for "endorsing animal abuse." have agreed to their performance.
TAYLOR SWIFT SHADES Mushroom Events, which organizes the Cup, said in an online statement, "Unfortunately, Taylor can not make it to this year's Melbourne Cup. Changes to her schedule for Asian promos have made her logistically impossible to be here. Allen Taylor's fans, we hope to see Taylor 2020 in Australia.
Neil Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), added: "The PRC has learned that Taylor Swift is now unable to travel to Australia and therefore can not join the Melbourne Cup Day be us. This is of course disappointing for everyone. We know how important pre-Cup entertainment is and look forward to an update soon. "
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After Swift's name was linked to the event, the animal welfare organization Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses turned to Twitter and asked her to cancel her appearance with the hashtag #NupToTheCup.
Six horses died during the race in the Melbourne Cup, including an Irish racehorse, who was euthanized on the track last year after breaking his shoulder.
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With such great success, he could easily afford not only to say NO, but to seize the opportunity to help the horses by opposing the cruelty of the horses in the racing industry "If Taylor Swift cares for other animals at all, apparently looking after cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable."
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When the spokeswoman for the Race Horses Coalition, Kristin Leigh, heard the news, she said she was happy with the decision. "The pressure on Taylor Swift, to cancel their appearance was significant. Her fans did not want her to support animal abuse, "she said.
Not a word yet about who will replace Swift on November 5.