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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


Sep 22, 2014 Peggy Ann Harris They are also children of God.
Sep 22, 2014 Jane Morelli Johnson This insane cruelty must stop. The greatness of a country is seen by its treatment of animals.
Sep 22, 2014 Peggy Wildsmith
Sep 22, 2014 kathie kern
Sep 22, 2014 Valerie Libhart
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Jodie Tedrow
Sep 22, 2014 Christine Bell
Sep 22, 2014 JUNE CAMPBELL
Sep 22, 2014 Valeria Otazu
Sep 21, 2014 Digvijay Sharma THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW..!!
Sep 21, 2014 marjan shokri
Sep 21, 2014 Nancy Hudson
Sep 21, 2014 rachel orleck
Sep 20, 2014 Marissa Hennessey Animals are to be admired at a distance not forced to entertain. Trust and compatibility is earned with patience and respect, two things people seem to have lost. Rely on yourself not on the animal kingdom or we won't have any animals to enjoy at all.
Sep 20, 2014 Sakshi Sawant
Sep 20, 2014 Jinny Lee
Sep 19, 2014 Ellysian Paredes
Sep 19, 2014 Sarunpat Tongsomboon Circuses is not the place for any animals !!!!
Sep 19, 2014 sabrina baldin
Sep 19, 2014 Clare Stoddern forced with whips to perform stunts every night
Sep 19, 2014 K Matson
Sep 18, 2014 Jennifer Adkins
Sep 18, 2014 Carol Shipley
Sep 18, 2014 Nichole Morrow
Sep 18, 2014 Louise August
Sep 18, 2014 Ruth Manzo
Sep 18, 2014 Lou Carpenter
Sep 18, 2014 Gino Tarabotto
Sep 17, 2014 Kerry Himmel
Sep 17, 2014 Manor Mediano
Sep 17, 2014 Laura Lewis Speak Up For All Abused Animals in any Way, Including the ones People Continue to Eat !, That Are Tortured, Terrorized & Abused Every Day of Their Miserable Life !.
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Susan Welsford
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 Emily Kish
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 Barbara Bise
Sep 17, 2014 Judy Tittle
Sep 17, 2014 Anne Aaron-Lyle
Sep 17, 2014 Paula Banas
Sep 17, 2014 sherri pickett
Sep 17, 2014 Jenene Lehman
Sep 17, 2014 William Lawson
Sep 17, 2014 Nurul Aziz
Sep 17, 2014 lillian just
Sep 17, 2014 trine bellew
Sep 17, 2014 Sherri Hughes
Sep 17, 2014 maureen oshea
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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