Daily deal company Groupon is giving animals a raw deal by promoting notorious animal abusers, including SeaWorld and animal-based circuses such as Ringling Bros. Despite PETA's pleas, Groupon refuses to stop promoting deals that exploit animals.
Almost all the animal circuses that Groupon promotes use exhibitors that have been cited numerous times for violating the Animal Welfare Act, including by endangering the public and animals, failing to provide adequate veterinary care, and handling animals in a dangerous manner. In addition to SeaWorld's abusement parks, the long list of disreputable outfits promoted by Groupon includes Ringling Bros., Carson & Barnes Circus, UniverSoul Circus, Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, and G.W. Exotic. G.W. Exotic is currently under federal investigation for the deaths of 23 tigers at its roadside zoo in Oklahoma, and Ringling handlers were caught on video beating and jabbing elephants with bullhooks—weapons with a sharp metal hook on one end.
Please tell Groupon to join other major companies—including MasterCard, Visa, Ford, Sears, Lucky Brand, General Mills, and online deal sites such as Gilt Groupe, Travelzoo, AnyCodes.com, and Certifikid—in leaving animal-based acts out of any promotions, effective immediately.
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