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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 40,502
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


May 22, 2016 ria mewalal
May 22, 2016 Jackylyn Mamador
May 21, 2016 Barton Grimm
May 21, 2016 Kathleen Parsons
May 20, 2016 Ashley House
May 20, 2016 Carmela hilton hil5
May 20, 2016 Celina Silva
May 20, 2016 Rosemary Murray
May 19, 2016 Deborah Rollins
May 19, 2016 Laney Smith
May 19, 2016 A. Trok
May 19, 2016 Peggy Crowl
May 19, 2016 Chris Beck
May 19, 2016 Jeanette Harrison
May 19, 2016 Melissa haggart
May 19, 2016 Sharon DelOrefice
May 19, 2016 Jessica DelOrefice
May 19, 2016 Emira Galan
May 18, 2016 Kimberly Gibson
May 18, 2016 Kim Jameson Stop the cruelty! It's not OK to treat these animals badly for your own amusement. This is not ancient times - get with the program. Grow up and stop being cavemen!
May 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2016 janice medley
May 16, 2016 Lynne Williams
May 16, 2016 jennifer pies
May 16, 2016 Donna Deese
May 16, 2016 Karen Thompson Stop circuses all together
May 15, 2016 Ruth Marin
May 15, 2016 Glenda Staats
May 15, 2016 jane wilson
May 14, 2016 Mark Berriman
May 14, 2016 Janet Grunke
May 14, 2016 Rina Cigana
May 14, 2016 Svetlana Volik
May 13, 2016 aLeXX CooPeR
May 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2016 Rosalilia Dorantes
May 13, 2016 JEAN BERGIN Would you like to be one of the animals in your circus? For Shame!
May 13, 2016 K.A. Martin
May 13, 2016 elizabeth hartrick
May 13, 2016 Marina Drake There is no place for the use of animals in circuses in the 21st century.
May 13, 2016 Sandra Downie
May 13, 2016 Luc Bourbonnais
May 13, 2016 Joan Mayr
May 13, 2016 Jennifer Salisbury
May 13, 2016 Franca Faustini
May 12, 2016 Cindy Lynch
May 12, 2016 Kristi Martin
May 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2016 Kathleen VAN DE WALLE
May 10, 2016 Traci Cooper

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