Model and animal rights campaigner Imogen Anthony has boycotted the Melbourne Cup and described the event as ‘barbaric.’
On Tuesday, the 28-year-old ex-girlfriend of Kyle Sandilands shared a lengthy post to Instagram, slamming Australia’s most prestigious horse race.
‘Well, we lost another horse during Melbourne Cup today, because it’s Dark Tuesday, which is that annoying time of year where I merely attempt to remind you of all the horrors the Melbourne Cup unfolds,’ she wrote.
‘It’s dark Tuesday’: Kyle Sandilands’ ex-girlfriend Imogen Anthony boycotted the Melbourne Cup Carnival as she condemned racegoers and branded the horse race as ‘barbaric’
‘Yeah it’s a great day for some. You get boozy with your mates, share a few harmless bets or walk around with something that resembles a flamingo on your head because this is how we entertain ourselves as human beings,’ she continued.
Imogen went on to describe the racing event as ‘barbaric’ and said she ‘hates how the horses are treated’.
‘I still hate how they are treated during – whipping, excessive breathing leading to cardiac arrests, leg breaks leading to being put down etc) – but my big other issue is how they are treated AFTERWARDS,’ she wrote.
‘I hate how the horses are treated: She shared a lengthy post to Instagram slamming Australia’s most prestigious horse race
‘Many horses are looked after (as I have had countless arguments with horse people in the past over it) but, as horse racing is gambling, gambling is money, and money means greed.’
Imogen went on to say: ‘Many horses that don’t perform well or even make it to the race have been sent to auction yards where bidders buy these animals to slaughter, or unless someone like me, goes and bids for them myself.’
‘How can we treat animals like this once we feel we have no more use for them? Horse people and others in the industry can’t even deny that’s the sad reality for most of these horses.’
Speaking out: Imogen went on to say: ‘Many horses that don’t perform well or even make it to the race have been sent to auction yards where bidders buy these animals to slaughter, or unless someone like me, goes and bids for them myself’
She also shared a series of photos alongside her horse Hunter, who is an former race horse.
‘I bought Hunter from people who also care and rehabilitate horses,’ she revealed.
‘He was not mistreated or a rescue, but I do home many ex race horses, many of which have anxiety issues, were terribly scared of humans and have bone and joint issues,’ Imogen explained.
‘I do home many ex race horses’: She also shared a series of photos alongside her horse Hunter who is an former race horse