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Tell Groupon to End Deals for Cruel Circuses

August 19, 2012
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BACKGROUND

Despite receiving information from PETA about the circus industry’s long history of public deception and animal abuse, Groupon continues to offer deals for cruel circuses across the country.

As you can see in this new video narrated by Alec Baldwin, undercover video footage shows that elephants who are forced to perform in the circus are confined, whipped, and beaten for each show. It takes just one look at the pictures provided to PETA by a former Ringling elephant trainer to see the terror in the baby elephants’ eyes as they are surrounded by screaming handlers, who slam them to the ground, beat them, and break their spirits so that they will perform meaningless tricks under the big top. Unfortunately, even after learning about this history of abuse, Groupon continues to promote animal-based circuses through deals on its website.

Countless other businesses have agreed not to support circuses that use animals. After being flooded with complaints from concerned customers, Denny’s, Lukoil, MasterCard, Visa, and Sears terminated their Ringling sponsorships or promotions. In addition, Whole Foods, Ford Motor Co., and General Mills ended their sponsorships of animal-based circuses after learning about these issues from PETA.

Don’t buy Groupon deals, and let the company know why! Please contact Groupon and urge the company to stop promoting cruel circuses.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Andrew Mason & Julie Mossler

Webform: https://www.groupon.com/support

Or send an email to: support@groupon.com


OPTION

Other – I have an issue that’s not listed


SAMPLE MESSAGE

Dear Mr. Mason and Ms. Mossler,

I was shocked to learn that Groupon, despite knowing about the circus industry’s long history of animal abuse and public deception, continues to support cruelty to animals by offering circus deals.

Circuses engage in many of the worst practices. Elephants are beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods, and handlers rip still-nursing baby elephants away from their protective mothers, chain them for up to 23 hours per day, beat them, and shock them with electric prods in order to force them to perform tricks that are confusing and unnatural to them.

Whole Foods, Ford Motor Co., and General Mills have all ended sponsorships of animal-based circuses after hearing about this abuse.

Please stop supporting cruelty to animals and make the compassionate decision to no longer offer deals for animal-based circuses. Until you have done so, I won’t purchase deals from Groupon and will urge all my friends and family to do the same.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent appeal.

NAME


we think because we have technology,
we are evolved and a world apart.
but there is no true “evolution”
until manunkind gets a heart

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. linda badham permalink
    August 19, 2012 12:52 pm

    ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE TO WORK OUT HOW ELEPHANTS ARE MADE TO DO HANDSTANDS ,SIT ON CHAIRS AND ALL THE OTHER CRUEL HUMILIATING DISGRACEFUL TRICKS. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING AND MUST BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY. NO ANIMALS SHOULD BE USED/ABUSED/EVEN ON SHOW IN THE CIRCUS’S AROUND THE WORLD, ITS WRONG ITS INHUMANE AND A ROTTEN WAY FOR THE GREEDY HUMAN TO EARN MONEY !!!!

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    • August 19, 2012 12:56 pm

      It is remarkable how many people just do NOT get that, how can they sit and watch and not understand??? I totally agree, thanks, Linda.

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  2. August 19, 2012 1:09 pm

    I sent an email/message on the groupon page and shared in several places Stacey i can thank you enough for calling attention to this, ive signed petitions, written letters,sent emails and protested picketed circuses as a matter of fact im protesting one in West Deptford NJ this Wednesday! This sickens me and must be stopped!

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    • August 19, 2012 1:21 pm

      Thank you for EVERYTHING you do, hon, you are a hero for the animals. Much respect to you …

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  3. Diane Baxter-MacArthur permalink
    August 19, 2012 2:35 pm

    Done & Shared. Why can’t people entertain themselves without using & abusing animals!

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  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 20, 2012 3:56 am

    we think because we have technology,
    we are evolved and a world apart.
    but there is no true “evolution”
    until manunkind gets a heart

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  5. August 21, 2012 7:59 am

    Sent email. Got a reply back from them today. It read: “Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for your feedback. We take all customer concerns seriously, so we appreciate you sharing this with us.

    Groupon stands behind its decision to feature circuses. Many circuses are local businesses in need of the same traffic and revitalized customer base that other small businesses turn to Groupon to provide, and we never assume an entire industry is represented by those who have broken the law. When we run circus deals, we work with circuses that we believe provide a positive experience for our customers and that treat the animals properly. Though we run circus deals from time to time, this does not mean that we are insensitive to the need for the humane treatment of animals. We’ve even saved a zoo: http://www.grouponworks.com/case-studies/zoomars-petting-zoo.

    It’s also important to note that any merchant accepted to run a Groupon deal is subject to our thorough vetting process first, regardless of industry. We strive to work with businesses who meet our standards, and circuses are no exception.

    Thank you again for your concerns, and please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

    Regards,

    Carrie M
    Groupon Customer Support”

    Have emailed them a reply:

    The fact that you do run circus deals from time to time DOES mean that you are insensitive to the humane treatment of animals. Animal circuses are being banned by many governments in the western world; why do you think that is (It doesn’t take a lot of thinking about, for most people)? The governments’ even state why they are being banned: they are an overt display of animal cruelty (in the capture, transportation and brutal training methods deployed – this has been demonstrated by EVERY single undercover investigator who has infilitrated animal circuses), and the vast majority of the people who want them banned because they are cruel and anachronistic. Of course, Groupon has put greed before kindness and compassion (no surprise there then). You are despicable! I, for one, will not use Groupon again. I will let the press know of your dispassionate attitude and will actively encourage others to contact their local press in their respective countries.

    I hope that caring companies and caring people will not use Groupon again as they would not want their name associated with a company with links to overt animal cruelty. The more people who know about this, the better. You disgust me. I hope this decision has a serious detrimental effect on your profits.

    Stephen Motson, MSc.

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    • August 21, 2012 8:57 pm

      I received the same disappointing response. Thanks nonetheless for your participation and help, Stephen.

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  6. jillvic permalink
    August 27, 2012 7:50 am

    They seem to have disconnected the submit button at Groupon, just thought id let you know. Unless its just something im doing wrong. I will try again later but it wasn’t working now.

    Thanks very much

    Jill

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