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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


Oct 21, 2014 Jeanie DIrr Come on people, have some respect for OTHER forms of life on this earth other than human!
Oct 21, 2014 lisa sheppard
Oct 21, 2014 Bonnie Miller Animal cruelty at its worst! Pitifully sad.
Oct 21, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Oct 21, 2014 Leatha Gonzalez Stop this senseless and barbaric practice.
Oct 20, 2014 Holly Eve Genovese
Oct 20, 2014 Monica Antonio
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Monica Trevino
Oct 20, 2014 Jane Olson
Oct 20, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 20, 2014 Connie Vejen
Oct 20, 2014 Hilary Pace
Oct 20, 2014 Joanne Murphy This is the reason I won't go to a Circus
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 Suzanne Butterfield
Oct 20, 2014 John Collings
Oct 20, 2014 Dirk Thoma
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 gloria Coetzee
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2014 Melissa Spivey
Oct 19, 2014 linda creech
Oct 19, 2014 Ian Kilbey
Oct 19, 2014 andrea delrio
Oct 19, 2014 Ina Kessler
Oct 19, 2014 Becky Isaac
Oct 19, 2014 Jaymee Dreis STOP THE CRUEL TREATMENT OF THE CIRCUS ANIMALS IMMEDIATELY. IT IS PRETTY DISTURBING . HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELVES! I'D RATHER JAVE NO CIRCUS THEN TO BRING MY CHILDREN TO SEE ANIMALS THAT ARE ABUSED. ITS SICK. IT'S SO VERY SAD. IT'S DISPICABLE. STOP!
Oct 18, 2014 Jose Duran
Oct 18, 2014 Ingela Andersson
Oct 18, 2014 Dawna Francis
Oct 18, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 18, 2014 Cristiane de Oliveira
Oct 17, 2014 Debbie Burack
Oct 17, 2014 Paula Kane
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2014 Nicola Breen Patrick
Oct 17, 2014 jen shuttleworth
Oct 17, 2014 Linda Burger
Oct 17, 2014 Tanya Guchi
Oct 17, 2014 Carolyn Cameron
Oct 17, 2014 kathy Mastrandea
Oct 17, 2014 Toby Cardoso
Oct 17, 2014 JUDITH Fischer
Oct 17, 2014 Kim Taylor
Oct 17, 2014 CELINA NEWLAND RUSSIA, SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE PUT AN END TO THEIR CIRCUS ANIMAL INHUMANE TREATEMENT IMMEDIATELY---I WILL NOT ATTEND ANOTHER CIRCUS PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 17, 2014 AJ Jordan
Oct 16, 2014 Mary Colin Arndt
Oct 16, 2014 Linda Marasco

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