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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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  • pat baker says:

    the research has been done for you, you need to stop doing business with circuses or any organization that make a profit from abusing animals. I don’t understand your hesitation to do this, but understand this, until I read or hear that you have stopped this practice, I have stopped using groupon.

  • Mariana says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated”

  • Emilie says:

    Critters deserve better! Stop promoting circuses!

  • Thom Jaskula says:

    Please give animals a fair deal and stop promoting abusive circuses to make a quick buck. Thank you.

  • Jen says:

    Stop misleading people! Don’t promote any circus with animals!

  • A Worried Girl says:

    Animal cruelty should never, ever be endorsed or promoted, and I strongly encourage Groupon to stop doing so. Until then, I will no longer use or support Groupon in any way.

  • Jill McCabe says:

    Will NEVER purchase another GROUPON until this inhumanity STOPS!!

  • Colin Boyle says:

    Please stop supporting companies who torture animals!!!

  • Mukesh says:

    Why don’t the authorities validate the claims made by groupon if they are true or not? They need to dig to get the real truth as opposed to relying on what is being told considering the record of groupon

  • Carina says:

    PLEASE STOP SURRPORTING COMPANIES (circuses) THAT SUPPORT & COMMIT ANIMAL ABUSE!

  • maria says:

    STOP ANIMAL ABUSE NOW!!!

  • Panna says:

    Pls stop :(

  • Kathleen Schormann says:

    POS!!

  • Deborah Salonek says:

    Stop promoting animal cruelty by giving deals on circuses!

  • Tom Zak says:

    Groupon stop promoting animal abuse!

  • elise says:

    Don’t go to the circus. If people stop going, they will hopefully stop using animals

  • Natalie Klöt<er says:

    I guess this was it for my groupon use…

  • Geoffrey Harold says:

    END ABUSE!

  • Chantal stone says:

    stop promoting animal cruelty

  • Jan Harvell says:

    I urge you, Groupon, to stop promoting abusive circuses that have performing wild/captive animals in their show. There are plenty of circuses that do not have performing animals. The techniques used to train the animals are both cruel and degrading. Animals must not be used for human entertainment/profit. Please STOP promoting this cruel activity. Sincerly – Jan Harvell

  • stacy says:

    I have used groupons for several years. I will no longer continue to due to the support of circuses you provide and helping promote your customers to supporting the circus and at a discounted price. The way animals are treated in the circus should not be supported and the circus should be done away with and real performs such as cirque shows which employee people of talent should be supported rather than the abuse of animals. Thank you.

  • Esther Pool says:

    This animal cruelty in a circus has to stop! Please stop selling tickets of the circus untill thry improve the quality of animal lifes!

  • Audrey Yingling says:

    It’s past time the human race quit using animals in a circus, it is cruel and in humane to expect an animal to perform for us, all animals, so stop dealing with them.

  • Animaljan says:

    Any Circus that cages animals and forces them to do stupid tricks to amuse ignorant and/or indifferent humans is not a clean circus! I am calling bullshit (elephant) out on you AND discontinuing my Groupon patronage until you are able to discontinue such promotions that hurt others.

  • gaby says:

    please stop that cruelty, these animals deserve much much better.

  • Dorothy L Davies says:

    Give animals a fair deal and stop promoting abusive circuses to make a quick buck.

  • Sabine ameloot says:

    Animals are most beatifull to wath when they are free! Not one soul most have pain for fun to others.

  • Linda says:

    SLAVERY IS SLAVERY ANIMALS ESPECIALLY INCLUDED. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE USE OF ANIMALS IN ANY ENTERTAINMENT FORM/AVENUE. TORTURE, ABUSE, CRUELTY AND DEATH OF INNOCENT ANIMALS IS NEVER, NEVER, NEVER TO BE TOLERATED.

  • Kalyana Krishna says:

    Stop promoting circuses

  • Giuseppe Calabro' says:

    Vergogna dell’umanità!

  • CINDY GARZA says:

    please help these poor animals..

  • Valerie Fenton says:

    This is shameful, Groupon. Use your powers for good; not deception.

  • Michael Carter says:

    elephants are far too caring and loving an animal to be treated like this. They have bright minds and need to live in familys like the human. This needs to stop.

  • Morgan Zazow says:

    I agree that the public should not be mislead. Why people aren’t more aware of circuses by now… probably because they don’t want to be. It’s painful.

  • Diana Maiocco says:

    Please do not endorse slavery and cruelty by supporting circuses that use animals. In the meantime, I will not be supporting your business.

  • michele erez says:

    Please do not promote circuses connected with animal abuse! Thank you, Michele Erez

  • L Dugan says:

    Something this cruel should be banned… or done to the humans who perpetrate this on animals.

  • Edie Crowe says:

    This is NOT entertainment — perhaps we should chain some of you up for a few weeks and see how you like it! Shame!

  • Adriana Basail says:

    Look at Circus Soleil so much fun art and most important respect fir animals rights ! No mire animal circuses !! No more slavery ! No mire suffering . DO NOT teach children that animals are fir amusement !! Do not pay fir cruelty … And much more

  • Jennifer says:

    Horrifying.

  • heather nicole says:

    Your site is great at offering coupons but please o not promote cruel circuses. Circuses may provide family fun but most animals are treated inhumanely. Please stop!

  • JANET DUENAS says:

    GROUPON STOP PROMOTING ABUSIVE CIRCUSES TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK!!!

  • dave says:

    stop promoting animal cruelties.

  • Janice S. says:

    You should be spending more time doing the right thing. Stop being an Idiot!

  • Julia Staufer says:

    this has to stop. NOW!

  • Mag First says:

    I refuse to go to the Circus. When I find companies that sponsor them I stop using them due to the animal cruelty. Whether the company is aware or not it’s still their responsibilty to find out about the companies they sponsor. Their reputation could be questioned.

  • Marie says:

    I have been boycotting Groupon for this very reason, and will continue to do so. Circuses have been in the spotlight for their cruel practices for years now. There’s no excuse.

  • Ellie says:

    A circus is a circus. Nothing worse than that. Beaten into submission.

  • Nancy LaRose says:

    Just a few of the incidents that Groupon is content to overlook include the following: The 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. Groupon give animals a fair deal and stop promoting abusive circuses to make a quick buck.

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