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Goal: 35,000 Progress: 31,420
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


Dec 21, 2014 Jennifer Klugman
Dec 21, 2014 Grace Page
Dec 21, 2014 Maureen McCabe
Dec 21, 2014 maria kljuce
Dec 20, 2014 Shawna Cullen There is no longer a place in our advanced societies for animal circuses!!! Stop the cruelty!!!
Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 shannon sharp
Dec 19, 2014 staci wade
Dec 19, 2014 Tammy LeMaster
Dec 19, 2014 Slava Radaković
Dec 19, 2014 Alice Neuman ban animals at all circuses!
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2014 april foxwell
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 Tess Dunlap
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 maryann tracy
Dec 17, 2014 Rupert Veitch
Dec 17, 2014 Kathie Mcelwain You have a beautiful country I will not be back to visit no more spend my money or see you in my travels until this animal abuse stops
Dec 17, 2014 Cristina Mastellone
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Anna Maria Heinsfurter Strauss
Dec 17, 2014 Karin Goldsmith
Dec 17, 2014 Tamara Rudic
Dec 17, 2014 Edie Urbasik
Dec 17, 2014 Lori Shimabukuro
Dec 17, 2014 Ann-Marie Maisano
Dec 17, 2014 Sanja Božić
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 16, 2014 Kristen Corne
Dec 16, 2014 Emily Bergman
Dec 16, 2014 Kellie LaPadula
Dec 16, 2014 Lynn Allen
Dec 15, 2014 Emma Racey Forcing animals to perform is torture. Please stop allowing this hurtful entertainment
Dec 15, 2014 Evelyn Reynolds
Dec 15, 2014 Mary Chavez
Dec 15, 2014 Beverly Payton
Dec 15, 2014 Judy Bechtel
Dec 14, 2014 Andrea Wildner
Dec 13, 2014 lorraie foster
Dec 13, 2014 Rajashri Patil
Dec 13, 2014 Lisa Millenbah
Dec 13, 2014 Sabine Danelon
Dec 12, 2014 anna helenes
Dec 12, 2014 SONIA DEUTSCH This is wrong
Dec 12, 2014 dawn pleasanton Lets put all these people out of business & give these more animals a safe/forever home & a happy ever after!! You couldnt pay me to attend a circus..shut them all down!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 12, 2014 diane luke stop hurting animals circus or any other place
Dec 12, 2014 Edith Pienciak Such gentil creatures. Let them live in their herd out if freedom. You don't care about them or treat them nice. It's whatever makes you money.
Dec 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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