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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 41,948
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

Jul 25, 2017 Marina Batchaeva Marina Batchaeva
Jul 24, 2017 Kaisa Kähönen
Jul 24, 2017 Hanni Gennat
Jul 23, 2017 Jeanette Crain
Jul 22, 2017 Candi Gaona
Jul 21, 2017 Maria Manzo
Jul 21, 2017 Alice Rondeau
Jul 21, 2017 Cindy Mekka
Jul 20, 2017 Susan Bain
Jul 20, 2017 Lynette Nielsen
Jul 20, 2017 Inga Frauke Majer
Jul 20, 2017 Marilyn O'Loughlin
Jul 20, 2017 yvonne Ryder
Jul 19, 2017 Estella Edwards
Jul 18, 2017 Dina Ciaramaglia PLEASE STOP this endless torture and murder of these helpless innocent animals! They are not "items", they are living breathing creatures that FEEL this PAIN!
Jul 18, 2017 Eileen Duppstadt
Jul 18, 2017 Linda Pridgeon Wild animals should never entertain humans. Free all animal acts from circuses and roadside venues. The time has come to replace all wildlife acts with human acts.
Jul 18, 2017 choky alvarez
Jul 17, 2017 Virginia Ilardi
Jul 17, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Jul 17, 2017 Isabelle Larmour
Jul 16, 2017 Dorothy Hubbard
Jul 16, 2017 Terra Detle-Jamieson
Jul 15, 2017 Desari Erickson
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Jul 15, 2017 Paula Mattila
Jul 14, 2017 Yeanette Menjivar
Jul 14, 2017 lynn epstein
Jul 14, 2017 stacy brainard
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 11, 2017 R Clampitt
Jul 10, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jul 10, 2017 Turkiz Gokce
Jul 10, 2017 Julie Minton
Jul 10, 2017 Penny Mackenzie
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes
Jul 9, 2017 S R
Jul 8, 2017 Ilse Peelen
Jul 8, 2017 Michelle Rawsthorne
Jul 7, 2017 Kelly Charlshe
Jul 7, 2017 Hannah Fusselman This is an important and basic need for a country!
Jul 6, 2017 Gail Zans
Jul 6, 2017 Nata Ku
Jul 4, 2017 Kathleen Jones
Jul 4, 2017 Cindy Gray
Jul 4, 2017 Cyrille GOURMAUD
Jul 3, 2017 Kristin Johnson
Jul 3, 2017 Chris McWilliams

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