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Posted August 20, 2012 by Annie Leal

Even though it knows that circuses beat, electro-shock, and use other cruel training methods to force animals to perform, Groupon continues to support cruelty by offering customers deals on circuses.

As if that weren’t bad enough, Groupon has also been misleading the public about the animal welfare record of the circuses that it promotes. Groupon states that the circuses must have clean U.S. Department of Agriculture and public-record inspection reports from the past two years, without a reported incidence of cruelty to animals.

Uh, why don’t we go down memory lane for a sec and take a look at some of the circuses that Groupon promotes? Check it out:

  • A Carson & Barnes animal-care director was captured on undercover video violently beating an elephant with a bullhook, shocking elephants with an electric prod, and instructing others to beat the elephants and “make ’em scream,” all in a manner that a U.S. district court judge described as a clear violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
  • Maine banned the Piccadilly Circus from bringing an elephant named Topsy into the state because she tested positive for a form of tuberculosis that is highly transmissible to humans.
  • A SWAT team responded to the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California, and the facility was evacuated after a tiger used by Circus Gatti refused to return to his cage after performing. The animal was shot with a tranquilizer gun.

Yep, looks pretty misleading to me. PETA has written to Groupon demanding that the company stop misleading customers. Speak up for animals by refusing to buy Groupon deals, and use this form to urge the company to stop promoting cruel circuses!

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