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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 41,512
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 26, 2017 Martin Henz
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Queen Nielson All creatures are here to live free and be supported and loved not abused and eaten
Feb 24, 2017 Marilyn Miravalles
Feb 24, 2017 Terri Hampton
Feb 24, 2017 Brandin Shelton
Feb 24, 2017 Theresa Tucker
Feb 24, 2017 LOIS HAMILTON
Feb 24, 2017 Glennis Whitney
Feb 23, 2017 consuelo cassotti
Feb 23, 2017 Maritza Patch
Feb 23, 2017 L Ryan
Feb 23, 2017 Angelika Ulmer
Feb 23, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Feb 23, 2017 Gabriele Radtke
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2017 Diane Ryder
Feb 22, 2017 Tracy Birrell Cruel and unnecessary!
Feb 22, 2017 Natalia Avila
Feb 21, 2017 Jim Faulks
Feb 21, 2017 Kelly Bonin
Feb 21, 2017 michalla sutton
Feb 21, 2017 Lorrie Koenings
Feb 21, 2017 athina garani
Feb 21, 2017 LaNita Jardine
Feb 21, 2017 Jill Oja
Feb 21, 2017 G. Simmons
Feb 21, 2017 Tatjana Mayr
Feb 21, 2017 Laura Saillen
Feb 20, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Feb 20, 2017 Caterina Raviglione
Feb 20, 2017 Amanda Caulkett
Feb 20, 2017 Brigitte Eibisberger
Feb 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Animal cruelty is not entertainment!
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Chris Sante
Feb 19, 2017 Leah Catalano
Feb 19, 2017 Noreen Newmark
Feb 19, 2017 sarah weisberg
Feb 18, 2017 Debra Nelligan
Feb 18, 2017 melissa bird Circuses need only have human entertainment - in fact I would NEVER ATTEND a circus that uses ANY animals!
Feb 17, 2017 Sandra Herrera
Feb 17, 2017 Tim Stein
Feb 16, 2017 Kaitlyn Kittell
Feb 16, 2017 Margaret Melnick Boycott circuses and zoos Do not be a party to animal cruelty. Please look behind the scene and ask yourself "would I want to be treated like that" I f your answer is no than it should be no for the animals as well
Feb 16, 2017 Kerry Lang
Feb 16, 2017 T. Pussa
Feb 16, 2017 Nina Røstad
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 Kathy Sparrow

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