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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


Jun 3, 2015 Ginette Collerette
Jun 3, 2015 Kate Hoepfner
Jun 3, 2015 Annette hof
Jun 2, 2015 Fannya Gita Alamanda
Jun 2, 2015 Sky Gianni
Jun 2, 2015 Maureen Drews
Jun 2, 2015 Kim Zwicker
Jun 2, 2015 Rita O'Sullivan
Jun 2, 2015 Rosanna Agostinelli
Jun 2, 2015 Arvella Johnson
Jun 2, 2015 Brittany Matlock Animals are not entertainment!!
Jun 2, 2015 Vanessa Allet I'm against animal cruelty.Animals do have feelings and they do feel pain like us humans. Let them live in peace.These people hurting and exploiting animals need to be sued!So please stop exploiting them. Protect animals as they voiceless, and we are not.
Jun 2, 2015 Jason Borda
Jun 2, 2015 Elizabeth Balogh
Jun 1, 2015 Erin Rice
Jun 1, 2015 Tatiana Terekhova
Jun 1, 2015 Elizabeth Penny
Jun 1, 2015 Jim Malone
Jun 1, 2015 Sonya Stangeland
Jun 1, 2015 Thomas Avery
Jun 1, 2015 kiki stachtidou
Jun 1, 2015 Christina Woodward
Jun 1, 2015 Anastasia Lamers
Jun 1, 2015 Marthanne Hotch
Jun 1, 2015 Faye Lash
Jun 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2015 Colleen Cashon
Jun 1, 2015 Linda Christiansen This circus must be earning beaucoup money so they should be able/willing to treat the animals better or has the price of replacing a dead one with another live one has become nothing more than a drop-in-the-bucket cost
May 31, 2015 Pamela Countryman
May 31, 2015 Lisa Lammon
May 31, 2015 elvira celani
May 30, 2015 Jean du Ross
May 30, 2015 Marianna Paterson
May 30, 2015 pascale collot CESSEZ CES TORTURES STOP A NOS ANIMAUX DANS LES CIRQUES !!
May 29, 2015 Wanda Russell
May 29, 2015 Petronella Nagy
May 29, 2015 theresia styadinata
May 28, 2015 rachel major
May 28, 2015 Lisa Deckert
May 28, 2015 Barbara Turner
May 27, 2015 Kim Islas
May 27, 2015 Marilyn Wellman
May 27, 2015 Hiedi Tan
May 27, 2015 Elaine Becker
May 27, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 27, 2015 j caspers human animals forcing other animals to entertain us. when will we grow up and act more intelligent than the stupidity of our actions.
May 27, 2015 Amanda Lambert
May 27, 2015 Deborah Cohen HIGHLY soicalized and intelligent animals SHOULD NOT BE "trained" and kept inprisoned in circuses.
May 27, 2015 daniele rispal
May 27, 2015 Linda Wright

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