Demand Daily Deal Site Cancel Cruel Circus Promotions


Target: Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial

Goal: Stop providing ticket deals for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which have a long history of animal abuse

The popular online deal site, LivingSocial, continues to promote Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus despite receiving information from PETA about their long history of animal abuse.

In late 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fined Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, $270,000 for dozens of violations under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Yet, Ringling still continuously fails to meet the minimum federal standards for the care of their exhibition animals.

PETA’s video recordings reveal the gruesome truth behind their exact training methods. In order to get elephants to comply with orders, for example, they are repeatedly hit with bullhooks on sensitive parts of their bodies, such as the head and ears. They are also bound with ropes and kept in filthy and poorly ventilated boxcars for extended periods of time–sometimes for as long as 60 to 100 hours at a time when the circus travels. Many former employees, including a retired trainer named Sam Haddock, have also come forward to certify that these animals are trained violently and not through a reward system as the circus likes to claim.

This must be stopped. By providing customers with online deals, LivingSocial continues to promote Ringling Bros. By signing this petition, you are demanding LivingSocial to cancel their promotional offers, so that we can ensure a future for these animals.


Dear Tim O’Shaughnessy, 

I am extremely disappointed to see that LivingSocial is still promoting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long history of animal abuse and was recently fined $270,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its violations of the Animal Welfare Act. To date, this is the largest penalty ever assessed against a circus.

The animals have to go through repeated abuse in order to be trained to perform. Elephants, for example, are kept in horrible living conditions and are often hit  in the head with sharp tools. In response, many corporations are choosing to distance themselves from Ringling. MasterCard, Visa, Whole Foods, among many other large companies, have already terminated their sponsorships.

Now it is your turn. By continuously offering online deals, you are providing Ringling with more business. Please cancel your promotional offers in order to secure a humane future for these animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit via Kito:An Elephant’s Life

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  1. Stephanie Geyser says:

    All circuses that mock animals for humans’ entertainment, should be closed down. Period.

  2. Sam Outhorn says:

    This really makes me angry! More protests and controls please! Any elephant has more dignity, MORE INTELLIGENCE and MORE HEART than the thugs abusing it!!!

  3. Rosemary Anderson says:

    You are allmorons. Circus’s that have animals should be baqnned. This circus should have been shut down permanently a long time ago. Why are the authorities allowing it to continue. Stop being imbeciles and close the bloody god awful place down. I a=m sick of officals that are mamby pamby where animals welfare is concerned. These animals feel fear pain and miseryu and all who look the other weay are just as guilty of animal cruelty. You disgust me.

  4. Franca Menegon says:

    Quelli che sono contro la sperimentazione animale ma usano i farmaci.
    Quelli che ammazzerebbero un bambino per salvare un roditore.
    Quelli che se il bambino fosse il loro…?
    Quelli che “se ci estinguessimmo sarebbe un mondo migliore!”
    Quelli che però non cominciano per primi.
    Quelli che sono vivi grazie alla ricerca e se ne lamentano.
    Quelli che “fermiamo la vivisezione per salvare gli animali!”.
    Quelli che poi portano il cane dal veterinario.
    Quelli che la chiamano “vivisezione”.
    Quelli che con limone e peperoncino passa tutto, anche il cancro.
    Quelli che sanno come sostituire i test sugli animali ma non te lo possono dire.
    Quelli che le scoperte scientifiche “non ci risultano…”.
    Quelli che hanno le idee chiarissime ma non sanno come spiegarle.
    Quelli che hanno cominciato a rompere i coglioni da piccoli, non hanno ancora finito e ancora non sanno perché lo fanno.
    Quelli lì.
    Dove ci porteranno?

  5. Has anybody ever look directly into these animals eyes, the sadness it reflects is too much to bear. Please stop using animals for entertainment, its not their nature. They need to be in the wild.

  6. Helene Beck Helene Beck says:

    I wrote to LivingSocial about this, and asked them not to promote Ringling’s usual animal abuse, and they responded:
    “Thank you for voicing your concern about ringling brothers. Please know it’s never LivingSocial’s intention to offend anyone, but to share offers that appeal to a diverse group of consumers. I certainly value your feedback, and will share it with our team so it can be taken into consideration in the future.”

  7. Patricia Dumais says:

    Living Social — please remove barbaric circus offers from your site! Till then I will not purchase anything.

  8. Kathleen Aharonian says:

    I also will not buy from this site until this is stopped! I will also tell others not to buy!

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