Groupon Activist Toolkit
Help Us Protect Wild Animals
We are urging Groupon to prohibit running deals to venues that offer interactions with wild animals and/or captive wild animal performances.
We’re also asking the company to adopt an animal welfare policy that protects wild animals and doesn’t exploit them.
Groupon is one of the largest travel companies that continue to sell deals to venues that exploit wild animals for entertainment and profit.
Our research has found that Groupon sells deals to roadside zoos, petting zoos, and marine amusement parks, many of which sell cruel interactions with wild animals.
In 2020, Groupon reported 1.4 billion in revenue and had over 29 million active customers.
With its millions of users, the permanent removal of these exploitative venues from their offering would positively impact thousands of animals.
Groupon deals are time-limited, meaning venues and offers change constantly. Historically, Groupon has done business with some of the most infamous wildlife exploiters in the country, including 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.
Examples of venues advertised on Groupon
We Need Your Support
To win this campaign, we won’t be able to do it alone. That’s why we put together this activist toolkit. Below are all the resources you need to put pressure on Groupon and urge company leadership to stand up for animals.
We want to show Groupon that it’s not just World Animal Protection calling on them to stop profiting from animal suffering but YOU, and the many others who care about animals. Together, we can get our voices heard and make change happen.
1. Email Groupon Leadership
Our one-click action will send a message to Groupon’s CEO and Head of Social Responsibility. Click on the link, enter your information, and have the option to customize your message.
2. Comment on Groupon’s LinkedIn
We’re coordinating days to post mass comments on Groupon’s LinkedIn. These days will be random and meant to shake up Groupon’s social media account when they least expect it! Sign up with this link to join.
3. Build Support in Chicago
We’re planning in-person demonstrations in Chicago, where Groupon is based, to build pressure the company. Live in Chicago or know anyone that lives in the Windy City? Ask them to sign up for a future demonstration.
4. Recruit College Students
Do you know anyone currently enrolled in college or university? We’re planning a future campaign action specifically for students to take. As a tech company, Groupon's leadership depends on its talent pool for success, and what students (future talent) have to say about Groupon’s failure to protect wild animals will surely influence them. Share this form with any students you know.
5. Live Chat With Groupon
Chat with Groupon’s customer support team and ask them to escalate our ask campaign. To use the Live Chat, click on “How can we help” and then “Existing Order.” In a few moments, you will be directed to a live agent. Once the agent connects, type your message.
Sample message: Hi, I’m writing to express my disappointment with Groupon. Groupon sells tickets to cruel wildlife entertainment deals such as roadside zoos, fake animal sanctuaries, and many other exploitive venues. Can you please tell leadership to stop selling these deals?
6. Comment on Groupon’s Twitter
We’re coordinating days to post mass comments on Groupon’s Twitter. These days will be random and meant to shake up Groupon’s social media account when they least expect it!
7. Email Groupon’s Customer Support
Send an email to Groupon’s customer support team and ask them to escalate our campaign.To send an email, click on the link and type “customer support” in the search box. Click “Contacting Groupon Customer Support,” then “Contact Us,” then “send us an email.” Fill out the form and hit send. Feel free to use the sample message from the Live Chat action above.
8. Share This Guide
Sharing is caring! The more people that join us, the better chance we’ll have of winning the campaign.
9. Tell Us Your Ideas
Have any thoughts on how else we can move Groupon? Let us know! We love learning new ideas on how we can make a positive impact for animals.
Yes, we tried contacting Groupon’s leadership team, but we have yet to receive a response.
Groupon deals are time-limited, meaning venues and offers change constantly so it’s not possible to quantify how many deals they sell because they could change at any moment. It’s safe to say, Groupon sells a lot of deals.
Travel companies are a significant source of sales to captive wildlife entertainment venues through direct ticket sales, excursion packages, or promotions. A survey commissioned by World Animal Protection in 2019 showed that one in four tourists visited a captive dolphin venue as part of their tour package or because it was suggested to them by their travel company. Well-known household travel brands help venues maintain their public acceptability. Further, by offering discounts, Groupon’s model drives even more visitors to these venues. Numerous reviews on travel sites note that the reviewer learned about the venue through Groupon or was motivated by the discount.
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