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Is everything alright? Megan Gale seemed to have a lot on her mind on Monday, a few days before she announced she was not going to the Melbourne Cup

Megan Gale seemed to have a lot on her mind on Monday, a few days before she announced that she would not go to the Melbourne Cup.

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The 44-year-old fashion model was shown at Melbourne airport after a flight from Perth.

She went make-up free during the trip and exchanged her usual glamor for a casual outfit consisting of a long black skirt and baggy gray sweater.

Is everything alright? Megan Gale seemed to have a lot on her mind on Monday, a few days before she announced she was not going to the Melbourne Cup

Is everything alright? Megan Gale seemed to have a lot on her mind on Monday, a few days before she announced she was not going to the Melbourne Cup

On Thursday, it was announced that Megan had joined a growing list of stars that shun the Melbourne Cup in the midst of animal abuse claims.

Despite the fact that she was regularly among the party tents in Flemington for years, she did not explain why she would not be present next week when she announced her absence.

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& # 39; I have not made my decision lightly to attend the races, & # 39; Megan said in a statement.

& # 39; My client, Lexus, has supported this enormously and I thank them for that and look forward to continuing with what a great partnership of mutual respect is and will continue to be, & she added.

Dressing down: the 44-year-old model was depicted after arriving at Melbourne Airport after a flight from Perth. She went make-up free during the trip and exchanged her usual glamor for a casual outfit consisting of a long black skirt and baggy gray sweater

Dressing down: the 44-year-old model was depicted after arriving at Melbourne Airport after a flight from Perth. She went make-up free during the trip and exchanged her usual glamor for a casual outfit consisting of a long black skirt and baggy gray sweater

Dressing down: the 44-year-old model was depicted after arriving at Melbourne Airport after a flight from Perth. She went make-up free during the trip and exchanged her usual glamor for a casual outfit consisting of a long black skirt and baggy gray sweater

It follows last month's withdrawal from American singer Taylor Swift and actress Lana Condor who pulled the plug last week, both with regard to planning issues.

But Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews doesn't care about the number of staff along the job.

& # 39; The Melbourne Cup is not about so-called big celebrities who visit us & # 39 ;, he told reporters.

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& # 39; It's about ordinary, hard-working Victorian families who will be in record numbers and many hundreds of thousands more who will follow the race that will stop the nation.

& # 39; The Spring Carnival is an extremely important part of our large event calendar. & # 39;

Boycott: On Thursday, it was announced that Megan (pictured at last year's event) had joined a growing list of stars that shun the Melbourne Cup amid animal abuse claims

Boycott: On Thursday, it was announced that Megan (pictured at last year's event) had joined a growing list of stars that shun the Melbourne Cup amid animal abuse claims

Boycott: On Thursday, it was announced that Megan (pictured at last year's event) had joined a growing list of stars that shun the Melbourne Cup amid animal abuse claims

Andrews is not present at the event, but said it has nothing to do with police support for a larger number of demonstrators outside of Flemington Racecourse.

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Activists from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses plan to make themselves heard every day outside the gates of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, as well as during the Melbourne Cup parade on Monday.

The group said it has been flooded with support since ABC & # 39; s 7.30 program last week broadcast images of racehorses sent to a slaughterhouse and allegations of animal abuse at the facility.

Regularly along the track: Despite being a fixture among the party tents in Flemington for years, Megan offered no explanation as to why she would not be present next week when she announced her absence. Shown with her fiancé, Shaun Hampson, during the Melbourne Cup 2015

Regularly along the track: Despite being a fixture among the party tents in Flemington for years, Megan offered no explanation as to why she would not be present next week when she announced her absence. Shown with her fiancé, Shaun Hampson, during the Melbourne Cup 2015

Regularly along the track: Despite being a fixture among the party tents in Flemington for years, Megan offered no explanation as to why she would not be present next week when she announced her absence. Shown with her fiancé, Shaun Hampson, during the Melbourne Cup 2015

Andrews stressed that horse welfare is taken very seriously in all race codes, and points out that Racing Victoria announced a $ 25 million boost this week to fund an extensive welfare program.

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Dating app Bumble is the only carnival sponsor that makes a donation to the program and promises $ 130,000.

& # 39; We were deeply saddened by what we saw in the 7:30 am report & # 39 ;, said spokeswoman Michelle Battersby. & # 39; I don't think we were in a position where we could ignore that. & # 39;

& # 39; Nup & # 39; say to the Cup: it follows last month's withdrawal from American singer Taylor Swift (photo), citing planning issues

& # 39; Nup & # 39; say to the Cup: it follows last month's withdrawal from American singer Taylor Swift (photo), citing planning issues

& # 39; Nup & # 39; say to the Cup: it follows last month's withdrawal from American singer Taylor Swift (photo), citing planning issues

Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt said that even people who enjoy the races are increasingly concerned about how animals are treated behind the scenes.

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A royal commission in the racing industry could solve the problem, he added.

& # 39; What at first glance seems to be a good day out is actually based on a lot of cruelty & # 39 ;, he told reporters in Melbourne.

The Andrews government also faced heat from Victorian Greens MP Tim Read in parliament, because race horses could be beaten.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula said whether beating horses is a matter for Racing Australia, because the issue needs to be tackled nationally.

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