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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 40,116
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


Feb 10, 2016 TINA WESTON
Feb 10, 2016 S. Keller
Feb 10, 2016 dianne burnett
Feb 9, 2016 Barbara Galinkin
Feb 9, 2016 Mip Clark
Feb 9, 2016 Tammy Weaver
Feb 8, 2016 Brandon Juhl
Feb 8, 2016 Laura Kopish
Feb 8, 2016 Erin Johnson
Feb 8, 2016 Jennifer Silvia
Feb 8, 2016 Jo Anna Williamson
Feb 8, 2016 Lawren Rudley Please stop this cruel sick treatment. We need to protect our animals
Feb 8, 2016 Lineh Derderian
Feb 7, 2016 Alisa Daniels
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 Annie Neville
Feb 6, 2016 Tonya Stafford
Feb 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2016 kathy brunner
Feb 5, 2016 Teri Wikowsky
Feb 4, 2016 Sharon Polo
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Leonor Tirona
Feb 4, 2016 Deb McGee
Feb 4, 2016 Janice McDonald
Feb 4, 2016 Pietro Rizzi
Feb 3, 2016 Laurie Fisher
Feb 3, 2016 Elaine Bell When will people learn, animals trained for whatever reason is shameful especially if the purpose is a money-making enterprise - shame, shame, shame - STOP THIS WHOLE ANIMAL CIRCUS business ALLTOGETHER! Shame on You! People with no conscience, shamefull
Feb 3, 2016 Cecile Lemay CLOSE ALL CIRCUSES & AQUARIUMS. ANIMALS WERE NOT PUT ON THIS EARTH FOR THE FINANCIAL GAIN FOR PEOPLE!!!
Feb 3, 2016 Anne Fahmy
Feb 3, 2016 Carlyn Montes De Oca
Feb 3, 2016 Jennifer Chambers
Feb 3, 2016 Janet Seavitte
Feb 3, 2016 laurie parks
Feb 3, 2016 Robert Parker
Feb 3, 2016 Jessica Robinson
Feb 3, 2016 Christa Wilson
Feb 3, 2016 Denise Szilagyi ANIMALS ARE NOT HERE TO ENTERTAIN
Feb 3, 2016 margarita blair
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Suzanne Ursula Lebon No More Animals At Circuses.
Feb 3, 2016 Michelle Wilson
Feb 3, 2016 Heather R
Feb 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 2, 2016 Carole Newsome
Feb 2, 2016 Анжелика Стенянская
Feb 1, 2016 Mileda Doctor-Fahrbach
Feb 1, 2016 Laurent Smit
Feb 1, 2016 Marga Star No More Animal Cruelty At Circuses.
Feb 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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