D’Agostino Dumps Ringling Bros.

January 2009

When PETA discovered that D’Agostino, a New York grocery-store chain, was distributing coupons for discounted Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus tickets to its patrons, we contacted company executives to share information about Ringling’s history of cruelty to animals. We explained that Ringling beats elephants with sharp, metal-tipped bullhooks to force them to perform silly and physically uncomfortable tricks that they don’t understand. After receiving correspondence from PETA and 5,800 members and supporters, company officials listened to our concerns, viewed the evidence we presented, and agreed not to partner with Ringling Bros. in the future.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind