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Entertainment'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race

04:55  12 september  2019
04:55  12 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race © Getty Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. Pop superstar Taylor Swift has been criticised by animal rights activists after it was announced she will be headlining Australia's most prestigious horse racing event: the Melbourne Cup.

The ten-time Grammy winner, who has a rumoured net worth of $360million, will perform two songs before 'the race that stops a nation' at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 5.

But fans of the 29-year-old singer have expressed their 'disappointment' on Twitter that she will attend the Melbourne Cup due to the 'cruel' nature of the sport.

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One concerned fan tweeted: 'Dear Taylor, cancel this performance in an instant! The Melbourne Cup promotes animal cruelty and every year a horse dies due to the cruelty of that event.'

Another person wrote: 'If she cares about her fans she will cancel. Horse racing is disgusting and cruel. [Taylor], please cancel... [This is a] terrible career move.'

'I've always supported you, but the Melbourne Cup? I can't do that. It's just plain cruel,' a third fan penned.

'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race

A similar tweet read: '[I'm] a bit grossed out that the incredible Taylor Swift is throwing her support being the horrible "sport" of horse racing (aka animal torture day) at Melbourne Cup.'

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Several fans predicted that Taylor's performance will be a 'PR disaster' for the singer, who has only recently recovered from the barrage of negative press she received in 2016 during her public feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

One person tweeted: 'This is the worst PR decision Taylor Swift and her team have made in recent years to perform at the Melbourne Cup. As a fan and a Melbourne resident, I am genuinely disgusted and disappointed.'

'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race

Another fan said that Taylor's decision to support horse racing proves she has a moral blind spot when it comes to animal cruelty.

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They wrote on Twitter: 'She claimed support for Democrats, LGBT [people] and human rights. But she does not pay attention to the fact that the Melbourne Cup is notorious for promoting animal cruelty.'

Taylor's fans were also furious over on Facebook, with one person making a rather distasteful joke about racehorses who are put down after injuring themselves.

'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' they commented below a news article about the Melbourne Cup performance.

'Pretty disappointed that she would support this,' another fan wrote, which prompted the scathing reply: 'Must be a good payday for her.'

'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race
'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race

Meanwhile, the Coalition For The Protection of Racehorses has been quick off the mark with a social media campaign to ask Taylor to say #NupToTheCup.

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'Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup,' the group posted online in the wake of the announcement.

'Horses are being killed for gambling profits and entertainment. 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.'

Despite the backlash, Victoria Racing Club CEO Neil Wilson said the organisation was thrilled to have Taylor at Flemington ahead of the $8million race.

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

'If she breaks a leg on stage, do we shoot her?' Taylor Swift faces a backlash from animal rights activists after announcing she will headline the 'cruel' Melbourne Cup horse race © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Campaign: The Coalition For The Protection of Racehorses has also been quick off the mark with a social media campaign to ask Taylor to say #NupToTheCup

Taylor's latest album, Lover, is Australia's highest-selling album for the year and has already generated more than one billion streams in the country.

Her Melbourne Cup performance will be Swift's only public appearance while in Australia.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Victoria Racing Club and Taylor Swift's publicist Tree Paine for comment.

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