Goal: Stop misleading the public about organizations that participate in animal cruelty
The popular website Groupon offers deals and discounts to many things including stores, restaurants, and events. Some of these events include discounted tickets to circuses around the country. Groupon claims to only promote those circuses with “clean USDA and public record inspection reports.” However, it seems that this isn’t the case.
Several of the circuses being promoted have been issued citations in the past two years from the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act. One example was the Piccadilly Circus, whose elephant exhibitor was arrested for charges of cruelty to animals. Another incident involved the UniverSoul Circus and several of its trainers, who failed to provide proper veterinary care to one of the elephants in the show. The elephant suffered from a foot injury, which is the number one cause for euthanization of these performing circus animals.
It is unfortunate that these atrocities exist inside of these circuses, but for Groupon to promote them and sell discounted tickets to make a profit, shows that it doesn’t care about the welfare of the animals. PETA has written to Groupon asking it to stop misleading the public. It is inappropriate to support and sponsor such organizations that partake in animal abuse. Groupon should rethink its statements to the public, considering the inhumane forms of entertainment that it is currently promoting.
Support PETA in its efforts to stop Groupon from selling deals to circuses. Sign this petition in order to urge the company to practice what it preaches. Don’t allow the public to be lied to about the tickets they are buying. No one wants to support circuses that disregard the well being of their animals.
In light of PETA’s recent findings and letter, I would like to let you know that I also support their request. I would appreciate it as a consumer if you would stop misleading the public about the circuses you promote. While your claims seem to state that you don’t support or offer deals from circuses that don’t have a clean USDA report, it seems that this isn’t the case. Some incidents that occurred at both the Piccadilly Circus and the UniverSoul Circus clearly represent forms of animal abuse. Both of these groups received a citation or warning for their lack of proper treatment to the animals in the shows.
It is unfortunate that these animals are being abused for entertainment purposes, and the organizations that allow this to happen should not be supported or sponsored in any way. Please stop promoting these circuses and remain a reliable service to the public.
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