Fans have slammed Delta Goodrem after the singer shared photos to her Instagram to celebrate her partnership with Victoria Racing Club ahead of this year's Melbourne Cup.
In the photos, Delta wears a suit with a bow tie as she poses alongside a black horse, with the caption reading, "I’m honoured to be continuing my partnership with @FlemingtonVRC.
"Looking forward to being trackside for @LexusAustralia Melbourne Cup Day to soak up all the magic of the Carnival."
Fans were quick to share their thoughts, with one user writing, "Horse racing is not magic. It is straight up cruelty."
"Honoured?? When will this end?!" another added.
"The cruelest commodity in Australia. Horse racing," a third wrote.
"Should you be supporting such a cruel 'sport' though?" someone else wrote.
"I love you, but horse racing is a cruel thing to enjoy and promote," another agreed.
"I'm saddened by this post. Beautiful pictures, not so beautiful message," one user added. "I'm disappointed."
"Disappointed Delta that you have a platform where you can use your voice to bring attention to some cruel practices in the racing industry," yet another said. "Does it not bother you how these majestic horses are treated? How many horses will die this Cup?"
Another user shared a lengthy comment that read, "Delta you are an artist I have adored since hearing your first album in 2003 when I was but 10. Your voice and your resilience are an inspiration to me.
"It certainly makes me sad when you endorse, or rather are happy to be paid to endorse, races that are beyond cruel to animals. Let us not forget these horses are punished for entertainment and sometimes put down on the track after being brutally pushed to their limits (behind canopies for the sake of spectators keeping down their drinks, because you know, priorities).
"You look stunning and I believe you to be better than this. Hope to see a change in future."
Many others loved the post with one user writing, "This photo is so tender and beautiful."
"Gorgeous photos. Horses have such an elegance about them," another said.
"Love the Melbourne Cup and the Racing Spring Carnival, very excited we'll have full crowds back once again after 3 years, Delta you look gorgeous in these pics," a third wrote.
It's not the first time Delta has been slammed for her support of racing, with the singer blasted for her performance at the 2020 Melbourne Cup.
"Is Delta aware how many horses have been killed or died for this barbaric event?" one fan questioned.
"Takes the only gig she can get, supporting abuse of animals," another user angrily added.
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