PETA hits out at ARN for ‘rejecting’ Melbourne Cup cruelty ad

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has issued a media release hitting out at the Australian Radio Network (ARN) for refusing to run its radio ad about the Melbourne Cup.

PETA said the ad was designed to get people thinking ahead of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but said it was rejected for being “inappropriate”. ARN declined to comment on PETA’s claims. 


“What’s really offensive is whipping and drugging horses and risking their lives, all in the name of dressing up, getting drunk and gambling,” said PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “There’s no justification for exploiting animals for entertainment and killing them when they’re no longer considered useful, and PETA is calling on caring people everywhere to boycott the Melbourne Cup and all other horseracing events.”

The Melbourne Cup is often dubbed “The race that stops the nation”, however PETA contends it is the “Disgrace that stops the nation”.

ARN’s radio assets include the Kiis Network, the Pure Gold Network (including WS FM in Sydney), The Edge, and streaming platform iHeartRadio.

ARN’s Kiis 101.1 and Gold 104.3 recently extended their partnership with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), which will see them support the 2019 and 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnivals.


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