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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 41,628
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

In Moscow, the Zapashny Brothers' Circus is one of the main attractions. Close to 20,000 people per week come to the circus to delight in human acrobatics, tricks, and amazing animal feats. To an outsider, it may seem like the happiest place on earth.

For the animals, however, it is not so. Animals that otherwise belong in the wild — like elephants, tigers, and lions — are captured, kept in sub-par living conditions, and then forced with whips to perform stunts every night. They are then led back to their cages where they have minimal room to stretch or move around.

Russia does not have any federal animal cruelty laws, and that's why we need to come to the rescue of these poor circus animals. Write to the Russian Ministry of Culture asking them to enact federal anti-animal cruelty regulations so performing animals don't suffer further complications due to inadequate living arrangements.

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Dear Minister Vladimir Medinsky:

As a dedicated animal advocate, I am deeply concerned about the welfare of performing animals in Russia. Circuses are popular attractions in your country, and that's why it's so important that you enact federal laws that prohibit animal cruelty of any kind.

The Zapashny Brothers' Circus is just one example of the inhumanity some performing animals are experiencing. The handlers use whips and sticks to force the animals into action, and when the show's over the animals return to small cages where they have little room to move. It's a traumatizing environment for otherwise wild animals, such as elephants, lions, and tigers.

Please work to develop more strenuous animal welfare regulations to provide your performing animals with basic, livable standards while in captivity.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Mar 29, 2017 elizabeth myrin shore
Mar 29, 2017 Sandra DeFazio
Mar 29, 2017 Bruce Nix
Mar 29, 2017 Madeleine Oliveland
Mar 29, 2017 JOSEFA ARANA
Mar 29, 2017 Ewelina Szymanska
Mar 29, 2017 Hannah Crone
Mar 29, 2017 lynn henderson
Mar 28, 2017 leigh morgan-davies
Mar 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2017 Melanie Huisman Stop animal abuse and cruelty!
Mar 28, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Mar 28, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Mar 27, 2017 Susan Shiffman
Mar 26, 2017 Andrea Hammond
Mar 25, 2017 Susanne Cuomo They weren't put on this earth to entertain you, if you want entertainment buy a video came.
Mar 25, 2017 Lydia Johns
Mar 25, 2017 Sheri Randall
Mar 25, 2017 jude lotz
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
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Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Vibecke Steen
Mar 24, 2017 matthew robinson
Mar 24, 2017 Pamela Rogers
Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 24, 2017 Tanja Schacht
Mar 24, 2017 Linda Wisler This is loooooonnnng overdue!!!!!!!!! Punish the violators, not the animals!!!!!!!
Mar 24, 2017 Diane Sposili
Mar 23, 2017 Mary Tuttle
Mar 23, 2017 Jessica Gonzales
Mar 23, 2017 wendy Hawthorne
Mar 23, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Mar 23, 2017 Diane Sterner
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Macpherson
Mar 23, 2017 Donna Shirley
Mar 23, 2017 JANE Rosa
Mar 23, 2017 Linda Brown
Mar 23, 2017 Felecia Markham
Mar 23, 2017 Kevin Amaral
Mar 23, 2017 Laurie Higgins
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 22, 2017 Cynthia Humphreville Animals don't belong in circuses!
Mar 22, 2017 Tatiana Gajdosova
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 liberty paden
Mar 19, 2017 Gloria Navan This is no longer considered entertainment ... people do not enjoy watching animals who are performing under duress.
Mar 19, 2017 Donna Niedermyer

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