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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 40,721
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 28, 2016 mary amundson
Jul 28, 2016 Charlotte Ray
Jul 28, 2016 maryke sutherland Please set those animals free! They belong in the wild!
Jul 28, 2016 Denise Hertzeisen
Jul 28, 2016 Boris Rappoport
Jul 27, 2016 LESLIE SINGLETON
Jul 27, 2016 Aurora Fuentes
Jul 26, 2016 Jodi Igard
Jul 26, 2016 Vanessa Argent
Jul 25, 2016 mario forchelli
Jul 25, 2016 jane gilmore
Jul 25, 2016 gladys carp
Jul 25, 2016 irene riviere
Jul 24, 2016 Deborah Bol
Jul 24, 2016 Esther Brazell
Jul 24, 2016 Eva Kolmanová
Jul 24, 2016 C M Franklin
Jul 23, 2016 Nancy De Jesus
Jul 23, 2016 regina silva Stop exploring animals.Its not funny using them as atractions in circuses.
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 Ashley Johnson
Jul 22, 2016 Linda Schmidt
Jul 22, 2016 mary e hunt
Jul 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 Jennifer Boddaert
Jul 22, 2016 theo merlen
Jul 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2016 Andrew Sulay
Jul 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2016 LISA ALLEN Absolute Disgrace you should be ashamed that this is going on in your country you have the power to stop this
Jul 20, 2016 Sofia U
Jul 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2016 Celena Chambers
Jul 19, 2016 Patricia Brwon
Jul 18, 2016 arlene fullaway
Jul 17, 2016 Roth Woods
Jul 17, 2016 Carole Kubik
Jul 16, 2016 Janet Von Dell
Jul 15, 2016 Debbie Cornell
Jul 15, 2016 Dawn London
Jul 15, 2016 Eliah Kagan
Jul 15, 2016 Larry Thoms
Jul 15, 2016 Jackie Hill Circuses are cruel !!! Outlaw them zNOW !!!
Jul 15, 2016 Lacey Smith
Jul 15, 2016 Louise Simmons
Jul 15, 2016 Debra Fox
Jul 14, 2016 flavia tiengo
Jul 14, 2016 angel moser
Jul 14, 2016 Mj Sheerin
Jul 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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