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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


Aug 2, 2015 yvette Dieppa
Aug 2, 2015 Regina Cendejas #animalrights #animalliberation
Aug 2, 2015 clare beck
Aug 2, 2015 Irene Souder-Coyle Animals do not belong in circuses at all. Some of the documentaries I've seen talk about how inhumanely these animals are treated. No wonder they break loose or maul their handlers from time to time. This is an unnatural life for these creatures.
Aug 2, 2015 Rachel Combs Ban all animals in circus in the US
Aug 2, 2015 Sam Pincura
Aug 2, 2015 Shannon Leclair
Aug 1, 2015 Kathleen Judd Kraemer
Aug 1, 2015 Greg Perkins
Aug 1, 2015 Damian Payne
Aug 1, 2015 Teresa Baker
Aug 1, 2015 Wendy Edler
Aug 1, 2015 Karen Rubino
Aug 1, 2015 LINDA EXSTROM
Jul 31, 2015 Alyssa Carlson
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Jul 31, 2015 Judith Beattie
Jul 31, 2015 Karen Sprague
Jul 31, 2015 Lisa Hanley
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Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh I have not been to circuses in YEARS for this very reason and I will continue to boycott them EVERYWHERE! We must be the voices for the animals!
Jul 31, 2015 Dayana Viscarra
Jul 31, 2015 Cindy Miller
Jul 31, 2015 Nancy Schubert Please stop the abuse!!!
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Linda Newman
Jul 31, 2015 Amy Smith
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Linda Quirico
Jul 31, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 31, 2015 Michelle Lulf Please be kind to animals. They have no one to speak for them. You have to be their voices and stop allowing them to be treated with cruelty and disrespect.
Jul 31, 2015 Alberto Paquola
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Rosemary Williams
Jul 31, 2015 MARK FUZEK
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Jul 29, 2015 Martha Robnett
Jul 29, 2015 jeri lovell
Jul 29, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Jul 28, 2015 STANLEY JAMES
Jul 28, 2015 Patti Mealy
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