Target: Redbox President Anne Saunders
Goal: Redbox must stop supporting animal abuse and eliminate their promotion of Ringling Bros. Circus.
The movie rental company Redbox has implemented a promotional partnership with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus through discount ticket deals. Unfortunately, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has a long-standing history of animal abuse and neglect, specifically toward both mature and young elephants. By promoting discount tickets for Ringling Bros, Redbox is encouraging the continuation of unjustified circus animal abuse.
Since 2000, Ringling Bros has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). In 2011, Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, was ordered to pay $270,000 by the USDA for violating the AWA. These citations include, but are not limited to, improper handling of large animals, failure to provide adequate veterinary care to animals, behavioral and physical abuse through training, and unhygienic living conditions. Former Ringling employees have revealed that elephants are routinely abused and violently beaten with bullhooks during training sessions. While traveling cross-country on the circus train, animals are often kept in confined and unventilated boxcars. In addition to animal abuse, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus acts promote wildlife exploitation, as many of the performance animals are either taken from the wild or bred in captivity. These animals are trained to perform outlandish acts that contend with their natural instincts and behavior.
With its 34,600 locations nation-wide, Redbox reaches out to a large audience and has the ability to impact millions of people. However, by advertising Ringling Bros Circus tickets, Redbox is encouraging its customers to support and attend the abusive circus show. It is unjust that Redbox and Ringling Bros should make a profit at the expense of animal suffering.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge Redbox president Anne Saunders to remove the promotional discount of Ringling Bros circus tickets in efforts to reduce the demand for inhumane circus entertainment.
Dear Ms. Anne Saunders,
It is disheartening to see that Redbox is promoting Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, despite the circus’ lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Ringling Bros dozens of times for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). By promoting discount tickets for Ringling Bros, Redbox is supporting the continuation of unjustified circus animal abuse.
As you may know, in 2011, Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, was ordered to pay $270,000 by the USDA for violating the AWA on numerous occasions. Ringling Bros violations include mistreatment of large animals, behavioral and physical abuse, and failure to provide adequate veterinary care. Many former Ringling employees have reported that elephants were routinely subjected to abuse and were violently beaten during training. Not only are these circus animals abused, but they are also neglected. While traveling in the circus train, the circus animals are often kept in small, stuffy boxcars for more than 24 hours at a time.
It is unfathomable that Redbox, a family-friendly entertainment corporation, would support Ringling Bros, a controversial and unethical company. Redbox should not make a profit at the expense of animal suffering. Please cancel your promotion with Ringling Bros Circus immediately.
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