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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


Apr 26, 2015 sheryl scott Everything shouldn't be about humans "enjoyment". Its not fun for the animals. Cant we just enjoy their beauty naturally
Apr 26, 2015 Diane Eyler
Apr 25, 2015 Regina Tenace
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2015 Patrick Adcock
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Kathie Boley
Apr 24, 2015 kim packham
Apr 24, 2015 Sallie ONeill
Apr 24, 2015 Debra Jordan
Apr 24, 2015 sandra kee
Apr 24, 2015 valerie selve
Apr 24, 2015 Taylor Jace Round up these human scum and burn them.
Apr 24, 2015 kathy hilt
Apr 24, 2015 Nancy Drake
Apr 24, 2015 Amanda Wilkerson
Apr 24, 2015 Lesley Thomas
Apr 24, 2015 Barbara Phillips
Apr 24, 2015 Linda Ratigan
Apr 24, 2015 Sheryl Derby
Apr 24, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
Apr 23, 2015 Deja Brown
Apr 23, 2015 Jan Phillips
Apr 23, 2015 Isabella Ondei
Apr 22, 2015 karin franssen
Apr 22, 2015 Debbie Stozek
Apr 22, 2015 Cassandra Lewis ANIMALS ARE NOT FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Apr 21, 2015 Lauren Morrison
Apr 21, 2015 Victoria Sarver
Apr 21, 2015 plaut gilles
Apr 21, 2015 Maria Boubouri
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Diane Gudatis
Apr 20, 2015 Al Lindstrom
Apr 20, 2015 Judy Collins
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 jovita prinz
Apr 19, 2015 Rosie Adams For a long time now I have enjoyed the knowledge of and visits to Russian circuses where aerial acts/acrobatics/clowns are the attraction and there are little or no animal acts. Please pass laws to protect animals from cruelty of any kind in Russia.
Apr 19, 2015 patricia curran
Apr 19, 2015 claudette Lauzon
Apr 19, 2015 Tina White
Apr 19, 2015 Laura Williams
Apr 19, 2015 Anna Higgins
Apr 19, 2015 Anne Prost
Apr 19, 2015 dawn Beaupre
Apr 18, 2015 JOSÉ CAMPOS
Apr 18, 2015 Kerstin Murr
Apr 18, 2015 james pascocello
Apr 18, 2015 Diane Carson Cruelty to animals for entertainment of humans is still cruelty to animals. Not ok.
Apr 18, 2015 Elizabeth Veiga

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