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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.

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Dec 29, 2014 Angela mills
Dec 29, 2014 Paula Mitchell
Dec 28, 2014 Noreen Newmark
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Dec 28, 2014 Laurel Wagner
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Dec 26, 2014 Linda Dennis
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Dec 24, 2014 Brianna Hanson STOP BEING SO CRUEL DOUCHES, YEA THANKS BURN IN HELL ✌
Dec 24, 2014 Cassondra Macaulay
Dec 24, 2014 Lukas Garcia
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Dec 23, 2014 Tristan Jacques
Dec 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop the cruelty to animals in circuses!
Dec 22, 2014 Allison Wehrle
Dec 22, 2014 Sterna Viljoen
Dec 22, 2014 Gail Vosler
Dec 22, 2014 Charlotte Johansen
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Dec 20, 2014 Shawna Cullen There is no longer a place in our advanced societies for animal circuses!!! Stop the cruelty!!!
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