Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called on US artist Kelly Rowland to cancel an upcoming performance at Sydney horse racing event, The Everest.
In an open letter issued today, PETA Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice urged the Destiny’s Child singer to pull out of the event, taking place at Royal Randwick on 19 October, saying it is “an unfit use of Rowland’s talents”.
“The Australian public is increasingly condemning horseracing, and protests are planned for The Everest,” the letter reads.
“Again, we understand that it’s hard to gauge the appropriateness of an event while you’re touring abroad, but we can assure you that an event profiting from cruelty to horses is an unfit venue for your talents and kindness.”
It comes just weeks after Taylor Swift pulled out of a scheduled performance at next month’s Melbourne Cup just nine days after the announcement, which sparked a social media campaign calling for the US songwriter to cancel.
The Music has contacted The Everest promoters for comment.