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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,445
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

Mar 18, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 18, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 18, 2018 April Brown
Mar 18, 2018 nicole goberdhan
Mar 17, 2018 Shelly Covington
Mar 17, 2018 Wendye Kolles
Mar 17, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 17, 2018 Karen Martinkovic We did it, so can you! Ditch the circus - you have SO many talented gymnasts, you could take over the Cirque du Soleil & be #1.
Mar 16, 2018 Marji Parrish
Mar 16, 2018 Stacey Crook
Mar 15, 2018 Krystina Boyle
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 susan shawket
Mar 15, 2018 michelle dorado
Mar 15, 2018 Lourdes Almenara
Mar 15, 2018 Michele Jankelow This truly must end!
Mar 15, 2018 gillard claudine
Mar 15, 2018 Linda Campbell
Mar 14, 2018 elizabeth richards
Mar 14, 2018 Matías Fuertes
Mar 13, 2018 Tom Rarey
Mar 13, 2018 Aleix Gonzalez
Mar 13, 2018 Sue Michelson
Mar 11, 2018 Joan Turpin Exploiting animals is bad, freely abusing them and giving them lax care (or no care) and forcing them to do things by torturing them and so on is depraved and savage and makes Russia look barbaric and sad. Stop using animals in circuses.
Mar 10, 2018 Alicia Orr
Mar 9, 2018 Melinda Matheus
Mar 9, 2018 Sherry Eisenhuth
Mar 9, 2018 Pat Padilla
Mar 9, 2018 Ursula Kiefert
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2018 Deborah Murphy
Mar 8, 2018 Stephen Blakely
Mar 8, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 8, 2018 Ann Conney
Mar 8, 2018 Corinna Jost
Mar 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Mar 7, 2018 Mary Kelly
Mar 7, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 7, 2018 Monique TONET
Mar 6, 2018 Tanja Lyresäter
Mar 6, 2018 Craig Barthuly
Mar 6, 2018 Marcela Galvan
Mar 6, 2018 Sharon Labreck
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 Kim DelMonico

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