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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


Jan 28, 2015 Charlene Moody
Jan 27, 2015 leslie bess
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 Lauren Bettencourt
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 lis smith
Jan 26, 2015 mirella parmigiani
Jan 26, 2015 Odette Rossi
Jan 26, 2015 MICHELLE LORD CIRCUS' SHOULD BE ILLEGAL, PERIOD!!!!!!
Jan 26, 2015 Lyn Boso EVERY LIFE matters!!! Animals are not here for us to use and abuse!
Jan 26, 2015 CARMEN FEITO
Jan 26, 2015 Margo Weaver
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Bachmanek This is so wrong on every level.
Jan 26, 2015 Laurie Board
Jan 26, 2015 Pelivia Vaipua
Jan 25, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Gladfelter
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2015 Alexandre Tytgat
Jan 25, 2015 Lenise Mitchell
Jan 25, 2015 Tyrrell Mendis
Jan 24, 2015 Laura Colin Circus life is no life for an animal. Humans who participate in their torture are disgusting and deserve to know and feel the pain they inflict on these helpless animals
Jan 24, 2015 shelly brown
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please do the right thing...act with a conscience and help to protect these captive animals! Thank you
Jan 23, 2015 Rebecca Burklow
Jan 23, 2015 Anna Di Marino
Jan 22, 2015 TANYA CLIFFORD
Jan 22, 2015 Claudia López Please, we must stop this evil act, they are living beings, they also feel. What makes you think that their life is worth less than yours?
Jan 22, 2015 Malin Lunde
Jan 22, 2015 stuart berritt
Jan 22, 2015 Christine Müller
Jan 22, 2015 sandie kearney
Jan 22, 2015 Jane Woodhouse
Jan 22, 2015 Michael Tavaglione
Jan 21, 2015 Patricia Collica
Jan 21, 2015 nicole ratliff
Jan 21, 2015 ashley kenny
Jan 21, 2015 Stephanie Dascalos
Jan 21, 2015 Katherine Weesner
Jan 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2015 Davinia Hernández Gómez
Jan 21, 2015 angela collier
Jan 20, 2015 Athena Istas
Jan 20, 2015 Penny Hamner
Jan 20, 2015 L F
Jan 20, 2015 Florina Trifu-New
Jan 20, 2015 Kristen Kimber
Jan 20, 2015 Julie Miller
Jan 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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