<!--[if IE]><![endif]-->
Australia
Australia

Taylor Swift cancels concert amid animal rights criticism

  • 21 September 2019
Taylor Swift performing at the 2019 MTV VMAs Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Animal rights groups urged Taylor Swift to boycott the Melbourne Cup

Taylor Swift has cancelled her performance at the Melbourne Cup horse racing event in Australia.

The Cup announced Swift as its headline act earlier this month, but cancelled on Saturday, citing scheduling issues.

The singer had been criticised by animal rights groups, who accused her of "endorsing animal abuse".

Six horses have died at the Cup since 2013, including one horse who was euthanised on the course last year after fracturing his shoulder.

The Cup's organisers have not confirmed who will replace Swift as the headline act on 5 November.

Why did Taylor Swift cancel?

On Saturday, Mushroom Events said in a statement that "changes to [Swift's] Asian promo schedule have made it logistically impossible for her to be here" for the Cup.

But the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, the group that led calls for a boycott, believes Swift cancelled as a result of their campaign.

In a petition posted last week, the group said the singer was "either completely unaware of the cruel reality of horse racing or she has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform" at the races.

"If she cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and use her voice to make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable," they added.

Victoria Racing Club's CEO Neil Wilson said Swift's cancellation would be "disappointing for everyone".

But the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses said they were "absolutely delighted with the news".

"The pressure on Taylor Swift to cancel her performance was significant. Her fans did not want to see her supporting animal abuse," campaign spokeswoman Kristin Leigh said.

"Whilst the reason being used by the racing industry is a scheduling mix up, it appears to us that she has responded to those calls."

Related Topics

More on this story

  • Taylor Swift 'tried to sue' Microsoft over racist chatbot Tay
    10 September 2019
  • Taylor Swift's Lover: Star turns a corner with 'upbeat' but 'baggy' album
    23 August 2019
  • Taylor Swift: 'Saying you're cancelled is like saying kill yourself'
    9 August 2019

Top Stories

PM aims to push Brexit bill through in three days

Boris Johnson urges Parliament to approve his intensive timetable but opposition MPs want more time.

22 October 2019
MPs prepare for Brexit bill scrutiny
22 October 2019
NI firms to declare GB-bound goods after Brexit
22 October 2019

Features

The good news for Trudeau - and the bad

Older eating-disorder patients 'afraid for their future'

Why protesters are on the streets worldwide

Are we ready for men to take the pill?

Video

Standout Sikh: Trolled for my unique talent

How space affects women and men differently

The race to build a flying electric taxi

How did Thailand's royal consort fall from grace?

Video

The ghost writers helping 'lazy' Western students

Elsewhere on the BBC