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Groupon Misleads Public About Animal Abuse

Written by Michelle Kretzer | August 20, 2012

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:

  • An elephant exhibitor for Piccadilly Circus was arrested in May on a warrant related to cruelty-to-animals charges.
  • Exhibitors 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.

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  • yvonne adcock says:

    cicus animals are forced to perform night after night and kept in cages and on chains traveling constanty. This is cruel and inhumane and I am sure frightening for these animals. This needs to be stopped and these animasplaced in a sanctuary to live out their days in peace. Have mercy.

  • Lisa Wright says:

    We purchase items from groupon all the time but will boycott! Please set an example and don’t sell tickets to these cruel circus shows!! I haven’t been to the circus since I was a child and I will never take my son to any event that uses animals for entertainment value! Discusting! I have to set an example for my son! Please put these animals well being first!

  • tomiko uehara says:

    A human being please work Please let the animal leave naturally Please stop a terrible circus

  • Dawn says:

    I went to a circus as a child, I never went again after I saw cruelty. Please help end this cruelty. At least here in the UK, using animals in circus’s is illegal. I truly hope it becomes illegal there too.

  • Nicole Cook says:

    This is so sad. Say NO to circuses that use animals!

  • Nicole Cook says:

    This is so sad. Say NO to circuses that use animals!

  • Debbie Hoopes says:

    C’mon Groupon, I would really hate to have to boycott you. But the elephants and other animals that circuses abuse are worth it. Go with non-animal circuses!!!

  • Shona robb says:

    Please stop this now !!!!!!

  • Amanda Sundbø says:

    This is not right! I have not been to the circus in many years, and I will never go again, unless it’s WITHOUT animals. They deserve better!

  • Dolores Chavez says:

    Groupon, you really can be a leader in this effort to protect our wildlife. You don’t need to support these abusers! I love your site but am willing to promote a boycott if you continue to give access to these defenders. You CAN BE THAT CHANGE!

  • susan says:

    I never go to the circus! I’ve made that pledge years ago!

  • Gemma says:

    This is the reason why myself, family/friends, and many others will never go to the circuse. Groupon you have the power to stop this! So Please end this outdated and cruel practice now!

  • goamsil says:

    It’s disgusting that you would promote circuses that clearly haven’t passed humane animal procedures, and even more disgusting that you claim to considering. Please stop this, or I know many people that will forever stop using your website.

  • Morgan Jeanne says:

    I am from South Africa, and am boycotting SA Groupon because of this.

  • Dana says:

    Stopped, stopped, stopped !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kristin says:

    To hear that Groupon is endorsing something as abusive as the circus, just made me very sad and angry. Until you stop sponsoring companies who engage in animal abuse and until you stop lying to the public about abusive animal practices by your sponsors, I will stop purchasing Groupon vouchers. Making a quick buck at the expense of animals is disgusting and I will have no part in and I will spread the word to all of my friends and family.

  • Shanda Higginbotham says:

    Please stop selling tickets to circuses. This causes people like myself with good morals to stop using Groupon. Be that unique company that sets yourself to a higher standard. Thanks, Shanda

  • Bettina Barbier says:

    C’mon Groupon, I would really hate to have to boycott you. But the elephants and other animals that circuses abuse are worth it. Go with non-animal circuses!!!

  • Maartje van de Bijl says:

    Stop doing this to animals. They deserve a good life.

  • Judith Elmy says:

    I hate Groupon!

  • carly henderson says:

    The worst companies/people are those that pretend to care.

  • Sanja Baljkas says:

    Elephants & like ALL others living beings DESERVE our respect & love! Stop Animal abuse!

  • Jane Dargan says:

    Time for Groupon to take animals into consideration. I for one will take them of my email list