Groupon claims it’s all about deals, but it’s giving animals and consumers a raw one.
The online discounter has been offering tickets to circus performances, claiming to promote only circuses with “clean [U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA)] and public record inspection reports from at least the past
2 years.” But if Groupon were actually checking out the circuses it hawks
tickets for, it would know that most of them have received numerous citations during the past two years from the USDA for
violations of the Animal Welfare Act. PETA has written to Groupon demanding
that the company stop misleading customers:
The statements have the potential to mislead the public, and consumers in
particular, about Groupon’s sponsorship of circuses and inappropriately
influence the compassionate consumer’s choice not to patronize Groupon and the
inhumane forms of ‘entertainment’ that it sponsors. PETA demands that Groupon
immediately stop misleading the public and put an end to its circus promotions.
Just a few of the incidents that Groupon
is content to overlook include the following:
elephant exhibitor for Piccadilly
Circus was arrested in May on a warrant related to cruelty-to-animals charges.
contracted by UniverSoul
Circus received an Official Warning for failing to give veterinary care to elephants
suffering from foot ailments—the number one reason why captive elephants
must be euthanized.
- Jorje and Louann Barreda were cited by the USDA for
repeatedly failing to provide four elephants with adequate foot care.
Tell Groupon to give animals a
fair deal and stop promoting abusive circuses to make a quick buck.
Article source: PETA Files