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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 41,816
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 27, 2017 Laila Sunde
May 27, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 26, 2017 Randall Parks
May 26, 2017 Susana Osorno
May 25, 2017 Sam Ray
May 24, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
May 24, 2017 Mercedes Montes
May 23, 2017 Hilde Saeys
May 23, 2017 Yves Antony
May 23, 2017 Jennifer Day
May 22, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 22, 2017 Marilyn Logan
May 21, 2017 charin Suarez
May 21, 2017 Renee Rice
May 21, 2017 Anne Hill Please stop this inhumane treatment of these animals! The Zapashny Brothers need to get their butts whipped! Please take action to stop this!
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Kayna Warren
May 19, 2017 Sara Vilhena
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 bethzaida vicente
May 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 Urszula Jas
May 18, 2017 Cher Hester This is why my family and I refuse to go to any circus!
May 18, 2017 Noemi Gomez
May 18, 2017 siam benji please stop having animals in circle. use Trump and Clinton instead
May 17, 2017 lisa hearn
May 17, 2017 Kina Keller
May 16, 2017 Terrill McMahon
May 16, 2017 Laura Altman
May 16, 2017 Andrea Corwin
May 16, 2017 Vanda zanotto
May 16, 2017 Barbara Sickles
May 15, 2017 Justine WONT KNOW
May 15, 2017 Elena Burankova
May 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
May 14, 2017 Myia Wilkerson
May 13, 2017 marilynn mitchell
May 13, 2017 Nadja Vollbracht
May 13, 2017 Paola Venezia
May 13, 2017 Greer Hart Russia has its own animal welfare groups, but not as strong as in other advanced nations' ones. Wild animals such as the Big Cats, Elephants, Bears, should not be in circuses, due to the cruelty involved in their training and places where held captive.
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) STOP ANYanimal abuse and mistreatment!
May 11, 2017 Alanna Maurina
May 11, 2017 Martine Riscalla
May 11, 2017 Denise Garner
May 10, 2017 Jaci Taylor
May 9, 2017 Denise Simpson
May 9, 2017 Rachel Rolston
May 9, 2017 misty decker
May 9, 2017 chad calkins

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