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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 39,260
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 8, 2015 Bari Bowles
Oct 8, 2015 rebekah salandra
Oct 8, 2015 kay Steinauer
Oct 8, 2015 Caroline Piguet
Oct 8, 2015 Barbra Premo Russia, doesn't it figure.
Oct 8, 2015 Lynn Miller
Oct 8, 2015 Heather Cohen
Oct 8, 2015 Rose Chludzinski
Oct 8, 2015 June Ammirati
Oct 8, 2015 Hannah Grandy
Oct 8, 2015 Richard Pappel
Oct 7, 2015 Ann Marcus
Oct 7, 2015 Frank Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Dana Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Elissa Wilson
Oct 7, 2015 Marilyn Sowa End this long overdue abuse of animals! We are not in the dark ages enough with circuses and their abusement!!
Oct 7, 2015 Blair Embry
Oct 7, 2015 Vanessa Yo Jendes
Oct 7, 2015 Christen Nelson-Sanders Animals are not here for human entertainment!
Oct 7, 2015 Stephanie Whitney
Oct 7, 2015 Catherine Thomas
Oct 7, 2015 Michael Mueller
Oct 6, 2015 Lindsay Friedman
Oct 6, 2015 Zulma Delaferme
Oct 6, 2015 KAREN GARCIA
Oct 6, 2015 Sheryl Precopia
Oct 6, 2015 Robert Ewen Please enact federal anti-animal cruelty regulations.
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2015 Cassandra D'Alessio
Oct 6, 2015 Diane Janson
Oct 6, 2015 Daniel Moore
Oct 6, 2015 Abbie Ruperto
Oct 6, 2015 paola catapano
Oct 6, 2015 T. Fitzgerald
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Misty Chandler Animals are not put on this planet to be mistreated and abused for the entertainment of people! Let them be free to live peacefully in their natural habitats.
Oct 4, 2015 jeff harris
Oct 4, 2015 Kathy Holtman
Oct 3, 2015 susan biggs
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Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) S T O P
Oct 2, 2015 caroline lim
Oct 2, 2015 Cassandra Marentette
Oct 2, 2015 Rita Kessell
Oct 2, 2015 Martha Jaquith
Oct 2, 2015 MaryEllen Davidson
Oct 2, 2015 Barbara Hatcher
Oct 1, 2015 Kaitland Smith

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