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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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Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 24, 2016 Sarah Robbins
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Sep 23, 2016 Sylvia Cardella
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Keaven Van Lom
Sep 23, 2016 michael blechman
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Sep 23, 2016 Shay Lawson
Sep 22, 2016 Linda McClelland
Sep 21, 2016 Bria Sanborn
Sep 20, 2016 Dawne Stanford
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 renee vesely
Sep 20, 2016 Lisa Ohmie This is awful, I believe that more education needs to be circulated about what circus animal truly endure. This is so sad! I will NOT support any circus! These animals deserve to be free, we are not their God. Please stop this insanity!
Sep 20, 2016 Mari Stenhaug Animals in inhumane conditions do not justify the actions of a profitable industry.
Sep 20, 2016 Maren Shanmugampillai
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Sep 19, 2016 Pilar Tornero Martinez
Sep 18, 2016 Susan Lindsey
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Sep 17, 2016 Karen Webb
Sep 17, 2016 Kathy Wall
Sep 17, 2016 Marcia Silverstein
Sep 17, 2016 Kelly Newsom
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Sep 16, 2016 Mary Kay Siegel
Sep 16, 2016 Marie Armandy
Sep 16, 2016 Paula Mathews
Sep 16, 2016 Victoria Mccay
Sep 16, 2016 lisa jawahar
Sep 16, 2016 Edward Flounoy Jr
Sep 16, 2016 Jane Rosa
Sep 16, 2016 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Sep 15, 2016 Pam Zaborowski
Sep 15, 2016 arline lohli
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara Smuts
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Sep 13, 2016 Melissa Suarez
Sep 13, 2016 Sandra Lubrano
Sep 13, 2016 Mary Hageman Take all animal acts out!
Sep 13, 2016 Khort Esther
Sep 12, 2016 Luciane Gorzkowski
Sep 12, 2016 Marta Sherbring
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Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Roger Brenton
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva

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