Groupon, the major global discount and travel company, is selling deals for businesses that exploit wild animals for entertainment and profit.
Last year, with the help of animal-lovers like you, we moved Expedia Group to stop selling tickets to captive dolphin shows. Now let's urge Groupon to stop profiting from wild animal suffering and adopt a public animal welfare policy that protects animals instead of exploiting them.
Groupon deals are time-limited, meaning venues and offers change constantly. In the past several years, Groupon has sold deals for:
- Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, which is not a sanctuary at all - it is a roadside zoo in Florida that keeps primates in small, barren cages.
- Marineland in Niagara Falls, which has faced numerous animal cruelty charges and where Kiska, a 45-year-old orca has been living in isolation and observed bashing her head against the wall of her small concrete tank.
- A petting zoo in Washington where a sloth and tamandua died due to the facility's lack of knowledge and experience in caring for these animals.
Historically, Groupon has done business with some of the most infamous wildlife exploiters, including Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park (G.W. Exotic), the facility owned by Joe Maldonado, aka the Tiger King, as well as multiple circuses that used elephants in dangerous and harmful performances such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Groupon profits whenever it features discounted deals for these venues on its website-it takes a cut of every deal sold. They currently have no animal welfare policy publicly available on their website. Sign the petition telling Groupon to stop profiting from wild animal suffering and adopt a public animal welfare policy that protects animals instead of exploiting them.