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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 40,588
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.

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Jun 23, 2016 Bonnie Claggett
Jun 23, 2016 irene miller
Jun 23, 2016 Barbara Beatty Please stand up for those who do not have a voice.
Jun 23, 2016 Divya Mehta
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 Charlotte Gressett
Jun 22, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 22, 2016 Kimberley Leal Carrizo
Jun 21, 2016 m trotta
Jun 20, 2016 Rita Hammond
Jun 19, 2016 Emmanuelle Lassalle
Jun 19, 2016 Jane Kohan
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Jun 19, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 18, 2016 Kenneth Rinard
Jun 18, 2016 Margaret Ellis
Jun 18, 2016 Katarina Lang
Jun 18, 2016 Elena Fedotova
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
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Jun 15, 2016 Shauna Cooke
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Jun 15, 2016 Susan Brittain
Jun 15, 2016 Lotta Larsen
Jun 15, 2016 Saleen Wallace
Jun 15, 2016 Mary Thomas
Jun 14, 2016 Gen A Stop! U dont need this animal circus! Animals need to be alone!
Jun 14, 2016 sharon gooding
Jun 14, 2016 Maria Lischak
Jun 14, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 13, 2016 Jessica Trotti I have seen a few shut down and let's get started on the rest of them!
Jun 12, 2016 Nathalie NOEL
Jun 12, 2016 Fiona Ferguson
Jun 10, 2016 melanie wild
Jun 10, 2016 Kristine Richter
Jun 9, 2016 Mark Turner
Jun 9, 2016 Sevda Cenkci
Jun 8, 2016 Rosina Cespedes
Jun 8, 2016 Rebecca Jensen
Jun 8, 2016 Patricia DeVore YES I WANT TO HELP ANY WAY I CAN
Jun 8, 2016 Janine Corday
Jun 8, 2016 Marco Escalante
Jun 8, 2016 Lorenzo Apaeicio
Jun 8, 2016 Christie Cherry
Jun 8, 2016 Deborah Ambrose
Jun 7, 2016 Cathy Diaite
Jun 7, 2016 Maggie Irwin
Jun 7, 2016 Dorothée Lerondeau
Jun 6, 2016 pamela case

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