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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,305
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 21, 2017 Lesley Bolton
Nov 21, 2017 Jamie Batson
Nov 20, 2017 george maharis
Nov 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 18, 2017 Brooks Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 18, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 D Mccoy
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 17, 2017 Beth polera
Nov 17, 2017 HELGA Jelus
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 17, 2017 Rita Council No animal should be subject to abuse, neglect, beaten so that they can perform in a stupid circus!! These animals need to be taken away and sent to sanctuaries where they can finally be happy!!! All circuses suck!!!And need to be shut down for good!!!
Nov 16, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 16, 2017 Lisa Arnold
Nov 16, 2017 Susan Fisher
Nov 16, 2017 Hilary malyon
Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 16, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Tara Taylor
Nov 16, 2017 Rick Vaccaro PLEASE STOP THIS NOW ....
Nov 16, 2017 Misti Lee
Nov 16, 2017 Gerald Ryan
Nov 14, 2017 Colleen Plewniak
Nov 14, 2017 Graham Gove
Nov 14, 2017 Dianne Biron
Nov 14, 2017 Patricia Garhartt
Nov 14, 2017 Marilyn Williams It's time to stop using wild animals in entertainment. People know just how used and abused they are.
Nov 13, 2017 Diane Miller animals are not toys
Nov 12, 2017 Wendy Steiner
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 11, 2017 catherine szabelski
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Most other countries are enacting laws to prevent this inhumane treatment of animals. Please enact laws that protect these amazing animals from lives of imprisonment and brutal treatment. Other countries use human acts to gain audiences.
Nov 9, 2017 Michael Furia
Nov 9, 2017 Marissa Golomboski
Nov 9, 2017 Christine Marasco
Nov 9, 2017 Mladen Nanic
Nov 9, 2017 Drazen Bukovec
Nov 9, 2017 Delimir Papic
Nov 9, 2017 Suzana Grozaj

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