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Goal: 35,000 Progress: 28,831
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


Jul 31, 2014 Betty Carlin
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 Karen Nunez
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Alice Baker
Jul 31, 2014 Gurbeen Bhasin
Jul 31, 2014 gerard FABIANO
Jul 31, 2014 Katharine Timmer
Jul 31, 2014 Becky Mastoras
Jul 30, 2014 Sarah Aquino
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer Birks
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer Bonalumi
Jul 30, 2014 christine walls
Jul 30, 2014 Melissa Mazza
Jul 29, 2014 Gena Anderson
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 Melissa Oyster
Jul 29, 2014 Rebecca White
Jul 29, 2014 erich gundlach
Jul 28, 2014 mary jones
Jul 28, 2014 tina levesque
Jul 28, 2014 Sarah Oggiono
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Amy Rumbolt
Jul 28, 2014 christina turpin Stop the abuse!
Jul 27, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Jul 27, 2014 deborah simpkins
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is horrible. No one --not even an animal -- should have to suffer this way.
Jul 27, 2014 Kathleen adams
Jul 27, 2014 Jocelyne FAROUAULT
Jul 27, 2014 Lavenna White
Jul 27, 2014 Alex Harrison IV
Jul 27, 2014 Janet May-Taylor Animals are becoming extant -don't put animals in a hell, which circus are. They are not trained to do trick.
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 kerryn veitch
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 26, 2014 Cathy Sikes
Jul 26, 2014 Amanda Mikalson
Jul 26, 2014 Kim Simone
Jul 26, 2014 Jennifer Waldo
Jul 26, 2014 Donna Kantner
Jul 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2014 Yvette Meraz
Jul 25, 2014 Bonita Bonneville
Jul 25, 2014 michele king
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 kris gata

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