I wrote to Groupon about featuring circuses, and this was my response from them:
“Groupon stands behind its decision to feature circuses. Many circuses are local businesses in need of the same traffic and revitalized customer base that other small businesses turn to Groupon to provide, and we never assume an entire industry is represented by those who have broken the law. When we run circus deals, we work with circuses that we believe provide a positive experience for our customers and that treat the animals properly. Though we run circus deals from time to time, this does not mean that we are insensitive to the need for the humane treatment of animals. We’ve even saved a zoo: http://www.grouponworks.com/case-studies/zoomars-petting-zoo.
“It’s also important to note that any merchant accepted to run a Groupon deal is subject to our thorough vetting process first, regardless of industry. We strive to work with businesses who meet our standards, and circuses are no exception. Thank you again for your concerns, and please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.”
I’m taken aback as I understand the need for small businesses gaining public exposure and new customers, but having zoos is still using animals for entertainment no matter how animals are treated. The only time I support this is if it is an animal sanctuary (which I’ve seen on Groupon before). Any thoughts on this?
@LittleLotte I’ll have to check the zoo for some of your questions, but as for some of the others, Yes we do have birds. The birds of prey are kept in enclosures of varying sizes, while the waterfowl and peacocks free roam around the zoo and surrounding park. We don’t have any elephants, the largest animals we have would probably be the North American bison and they have a very large habitat with fields and a small lake.
A few questions for @Dars:
- Does your local zoo have a breeding program? If so, are any of the animals/babies reintroduced to the wild?
- Where does it get the animals from?
- Does this zoo ‘trade’ animals with other zoos?
- Are there any birds at this zoo? How does it stop them from flying away?
- Are there elephants? Do they have 640,000 acres of space and are they kept in a herd of 5 minimum?
I agree with @LittleLotte on this! Sanctuaries are safe environments for animals that have been abused or injured (often animals rescued from industries that abuse them- like the entertainment industry!) while zoos exploit animals for profit and often don’t provide them with good environments. Zoos also import exotic animals, which we all know is a terrible thing to support!