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PETA Foundation Accuses Online Company of Misleading Consumers About Circuses With Long Histories of Violating Animal-Protection Law
For Immediate Release:August 20, 2012
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-540-2199Chicago — A lawyer for the PETA Foundation has fired off a
letter to Andrew Mason, CEO of online discount-certificate company Groupon,
demanding that the company immediately stop issuing false and misleading
statements about several cruel circuses it profits from promoting. While
Groupon states publicly that the circuses it promotes "must have clean
USDA and public record inspection reports from at least the past 2 years,"
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports indicate that most
of the circuses Groupon has recently promoted have been cited numerous
times for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) within the past two years,
including for endangering the public and animals, failing to provide adequate
veterinary care, and violating animal-handling regulations.
"Groupon is misleading the public so as to sell
discounted certificates to circuses with long histories of abusing and
neglecting animals and forcing injured and ill animals to perform against their
will," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement
Delcianna Winders. "Caring consumers who would never attend an abusive
circus are hoodwinked by Groupon into thinking that these circuses are treating
their animals well."
In its letter, the PETA Foundation points out that some
circuses promoted by Groupon contract with outside animal exhibitors that are
notorious for abusing animals. For example, UniverSoul Circus contracts with
exhibitors Jorge and Louann Barreda. Last September—which is within Groupon's
minimum time period for examining inspection reports—the Barredas received an
Official Warning, which is the final opportunity for an exhibitor to avoid a
civil penalty or criminal prosecution for violations of the AWA. The
warning was issued for failing to give adequate veterinary care to four
elephants suffering from foot problems—the leading reason why captive elephants
are euthanized. Other historically abusive circuses that Groupon has recently
promoted include Circus Gatti and the Piccadilly Circus, whose
elephant exhibitor was arrested in May on a warrant related to
The PETA Foundation's letter to Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is
available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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