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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.

Petition Signatures

Nov 28, 2015 Michelle Terriault You know you should do the right thing by these poor animals.
Nov 28, 2015 judith buckner
Nov 28, 2015 Mirko Rossi
Nov 28, 2015 kelly colwell
Nov 28, 2015 michael smith
Nov 28, 2015 Kimberly Smith I'm all for animals in circuses IF they are treated well! It would be difficult to do though and they deserve dignity.
Nov 28, 2015 Victoria Zadorozhnaya
Nov 28, 2015 Daric Alford Please show some compassion.
Nov 28, 2015 Susan Rittenour
Nov 28, 2015 Наталья Зайкова
Nov 28, 2015 ekaterina nikolaeva
Nov 27, 2015 Sandra Vickers
Nov 27, 2015 Tatiana Othaniel STOP THE CRIME!
Nov 27, 2015 Wilhelmina Edelston
Nov 27, 2015 Sally Singer
Nov 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop it! No more captures! no more animal cruelty, let them free in the wild, no more cages, no more suffering . Thank you for all animals.
Nov 26, 2015 Gail Farmer
Nov 26, 2015 Marina DERVOUT
Nov 26, 2015 Pamela Townsend
Nov 25, 2015 Kellie Mattingly
Nov 25, 2015 Mary Doyle
Nov 25, 2015 Elizabeth Beaston
Nov 25, 2015 martin walls
Nov 24, 2015 Dorothée Lerondeau
Nov 24, 2015 Stacey lopez
Nov 24, 2015 Anne-marie Savard
Nov 24, 2015 bonnet mylène
Nov 24, 2015 caroline ansel
Nov 24, 2015 Dargaud Florence Respect des animaux ! Animaux Sauvage : pas en cage, pas maltraités, ok?!!!
Nov 24, 2015 Nadia KUGELOV
Nov 24, 2015 Josiane BOUAT Un animal est fait pour être libre tout simplement.
Nov 24, 2015 jade Lanza
Nov 24, 2015 colette alloy
Nov 24, 2015 charles laurent
Nov 24, 2015 Alain J.H. ROBERT
Nov 24, 2015 dominique perrin
Nov 24, 2015 krystel avril
Nov 24, 2015 LEDOYEN Claudine
Nov 24, 2015 jean-yves herbel
Nov 24, 2015 odile de petriconi
Nov 24, 2015 naya élisée
Nov 24, 2015 marie laure vignaud
Nov 24, 2015 robillard marie
Nov 24, 2015 Fred Berthou Please! Stop .
Nov 24, 2015 angelique merel
Nov 24, 2015 marika de cock desbrosses
Nov 24, 2015 Anne élise Grégoire

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