LivingSocial: Stop Promoting Baby Beaters
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:
CEO of LivingSocial
Head of Communications, LivingSocial
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.
in the silence of sound
a deafening roar
what will happen
to the world
if we hear it,
we are not here
to be mistreated.
or have our spirits
we are elephants,
proud and strong.
in the circus
WE DO NOT BELONG!!!!!
Karen Lyons Kalmenson