Dave The Trucker

Melbourne Cup day slacktivism merely flogging a dead horse

Melbourne Cup day is again upon us, and in between the drunks, we have those who look to stop it. However, I ask, where are they the rest of the year?



The Melbourne Cup, as it is colloquially accepted, is the race that stops the nation. But, for some, it also halts the blood flow to the brain. I’m talking chiefly about the animal activists who mobilise on every year to stop it.

Don’t get me wrong, believing in a cause is important, and a decent thing to donate yourself to, but I certainly have a problem with those who have a problem with it, on a solitary day in the calendar. Melbourne Cup Day is painted in a brighter shade of doomsday red than all others on the carnival. Why? While I understand that today has the largest impact, and indeed the largest casual audience in order to promote your wishes, the trite nature of the criticism sort of undercuts it. If we’re all bombarded by memes and hashtag activism one day of the year, how seriously can we take you?


I mean, I get it. A statement pitched to those who agree with you is a powerful thing. I do it all the time.


I mean, I get it. A statement pitched to those who agree with you is a powerful thing. I do it all the time. However, the issue of institutionalised animal cruelty is a large issue, larger than your casual resistance to it. To borrow a metaphor, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and indeed it would take more than a day to take down Roseville. Maybe time/effort is a factor. Maybe you don’t care that much. It’s fine if you don’t, but before you react, maybe you should pause and ask yourself that.

A good example of this was the before and after landscape of Mike Baird’s greyhound racing ban. There was much revelry, and celebration upon the news of the ban and a stoic nod of validation, as it was the right thing to do, finally done. However, the response when the ban was overturned, was a comparatively limp Bloody Mike Baird, bloody government et cetera.




Since then, way back in early 2017, that particular issue has slipped into the ether. Do the dogs still not hurt? Do they still not face the same problems? Are you thinking about them, or yourself? My only point, is if that you’re serious about it, be serious about it.

Otherwise, you’re wasting everyone’s time.

Yours included.

See you in the winner’s circle.


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