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LivingSocial: Stop Promoting Baby Beaters

March 8, 2013
by
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

BACKGROUND

Ringling trainers routinely beat elephants and jab them with sharp, metal bullhooks in order to force them to perform. Heartbreaking photos reveal how Ringling circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks.

Despite receiving information from PETA about Ringling’s long history of animal abuse, online deal site LivingSocial continues to promote the cruel circus through an online ticket deal.

Please contact LivingSocial’s CEO and its head of communications and politely ask them to ask them to agree never to promote Ringling again.






WHOM TO CONTACT

Send polite comments to:

Tim O’Shaughnessy
CEO of LivingSocial
1-888-808-6676
tim@livingsocial.com

Andrew Weinstein
Head of Communications, LivingSocial
andrew.weinstein@livingsocial.com



SAMPLE LETTER
Dear CEO O’Shaughnessy and Head of Communications Weinstein,

I am extremely disappointed to learn that LivingSocial continues to promote Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus through an online ticket deal despite the circus’s record of animal abuse. Indeed, Ringling was recently fined $270,000 – the largest penalty ever given to a circus – by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for dozens of violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Ringling Bros. rips still-nursing baby elephants away from their protective mothers, chains them for up to 100 hours at a time during transport, beats them, and shocks them with electric prods in order to force them to perform tricks that are confusing and unnatural to them. Corporations are distancing themselves from the negative publicity that surrounds Ringling. After learning about Ringling’s controversial history, MasterCard, Visa, Whole Foods, Denny’s, Lucky Brand, IGT, Lukoil, Sears, and other companies terminated their Ringling sponsorships or promotions. Burger King, Ford Motor Co., and General Mills ended their sponsorships of another animal-based circus after learning about these issues from PETA.

Please terminate your Ringling Bros. support right away. I won’t utlize LivingSocial and will tell my friends, family, and other contacts to do the same until you do so. Please do the right thing by taking action regarding this urgent appeal.

NAME


in the silence of sound
a deafening roar
what will happen
to the world
if we hear it,
no more
we are not here
to be mistreated.
beaten down
or have our spirits
defeated.
we are elephants,
proud and strong.
in the circus
WE DO NOT BELONG!!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


14 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 8, 2013 1:45 pm

    in the silence of sound
    a deafening roar
    what will happen
    to the world
    if we hear it,
    no more
    we are not here
    to be mistreated.
    beaten down
    or have our spirits
    defeated.
    we are elephants,
    proud and strong.
    in the circus
    WE DO NOT BELONG!!!!!

  2. March 8, 2013 2:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Ufohunterorguk.com.

  3. March 8, 2013 3:24 pm

    signed and shared in several places thanks Stacey and Karen you did it again lol you made me fall in love with your poem such talent is truly a gift and a gift to be proud of

    • March 8, 2013 8:11 pm

      Thank you, as always, and I completely agree regarding Karen, our wonderful poet and her remarkable talent.

    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      March 10, 2013 5:04 am

      thank you so much, florence and stacey, for your kind words and beautifuls ♥s

  4. March 9, 2013 1:09 pm

    what a shock to discover that the seemingly “fun” circus that ,as a child, I was so excited to see,is, instead, a torture organization for those beautiful, helpless animals, I am totally disgusted and will spread the word EVERYWHERE (I’m an American, living in Italy), telling people to not go to the circus unless this cruelty stops-and I doubt that it ever will unless the circus stops using animals completely and just uses humans.
    Hoping to receive good news about this, thank you-

    • March 9, 2013 7:03 pm

      I completely agree, Joyce. Thank you for your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Trackbacks

  1. Alec Baldwin: Boycott Circuses That Use Animals -Ringling Beats Animals: A PETA Undercover Investigation | Save Animals Today
  2. Despite receiving information from PETA about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ long history of animal abuse, LivingSocial continues to promote the cruel circus through an online ticket deal. | Sunset Daily
  3. Circus Berzerkus | Sunset Daily

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