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Newsroom Star Joins PETA in Asking CEO to Give Animals the 'Deal of the Day' by
Permanently Halting Circus Partnerships
For Immediate Release:October 1, 2012
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Chicago -- After
learning from PETA that Chicago-based
Groupon continues to offer deals on circus tickets despite evidence from
PETA that circuses whip, shock, and beat animals into performing, longtime elephant advocate Olivia Munn has
sent a letter on PETA's behalf to the company urging it to "do the right
thing" and end these promotions. In the letter, The Newsroom
star also cautions that as long as Groupon continues to partner with circuses
that use animals, she won't purchase deals from Groupon—and she'll urge her
fans, via Twitter, to do the same.
disappointed to learn from PETA that Groupon is promoting deals with circuses
that abuse animals and violate the federal Animal Welfare Act," writes
Munn. "I was even more disappointed to find out that Groupon was made
aware of the egregious crimes of specific circuses yet has chosen to continue
promoting them anyway. … I hope you can see that whether you're an animal lover
or not, there isn't a good argument for supporting those who mistreat
Munn's letter to Groupon CEO Andrew Mason follows and
is available here.
information, please visit PETA.org.
September 26, 2012
Mason, CEOGroupon600 W.
Chicago Ave., Ste. 620Chicago, IL 60654
Dear Mr. Mason, I hope you can help me with an important issue that requires immediate
attention. I was disappointed to learn from PETA that Groupon is promoting
deals with circuses that abuse animals and violate the federal Animal Welfare
Act (AWA). I was even more disappointed to find out that Groupon was made aware
of the egregious crimes of specific circuses yet has chosen to continue
promoting them anyway.
I know that not everyone is an "animal person," and I'm not sure
whether you are. But I hope you can recognize that there's no good argument for
supporting those who mistreat animals.
Elephants, tigers, and other animals who are owned or rented and used by these
circuses are robbed of everything that is natural and important to them. Some
have never even felt fresh grass beneath their feet. Baby elephants are torn
away from their mothers, tied down, electro-shocked, and beaten into submission
in order to force them to perform ridiculous tricks, just to give audiences a
cheap thrill. Most of the circuses that Groupon has promoted have been cited
for violations of the AWA numerous times, including in the last two years—so
promoting them violates Groupon's own policy. Earlier this year, an elephant
handler traveling with one of the circuses that Groupon often promotes was
arrested on multiple counts of cruelty to animals.
I'm hoping to appeal to you as the CEO of a company that strives to educate
people on the power of the masses to change the quality of life for the better.
You have the power to make a change for the better by halting the promotion of
circuses that abuse animals. Such a change would be a powerful example of corporate
responsibility, innovation, growth, and compassion.
Please do the right thing and give animals the "deal of the day" by
permanently severing your ties with circuses that use animals. Until you take
this action, I will refuse to purchase deals from Groupon and urge all my fans,
friends, and family members to do the same.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.