Harris Teeter Ends Ringling Circus Promotions

January 2008

Following discussion with PETA, Harris Teeter–a subsidiary of Charlotte-based Ruddick Corporation, with nearly 200 stores in seven states–has agreed to stop promoting circuses with animals in its stores. Harris Teeter had been promoting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in some of its stores, but in an e-mail sent to PETA, Harris Teeter President Fred Morganthall wrote, “Going forward we will not be supporting Circus promotions [and] we already have turned one sponsorship down.”

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