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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,705
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


Jun 20, 2018 Sally Wynn
Jun 20, 2018 Heather Yargus
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Stephen Collier
Jun 19, 2018 Silva Kruzic
Jun 19, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Megan McGovern
Jun 19, 2018 Deborah Summerville
Jun 19, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 george papafloratos
Jun 18, 2018 Vicki Peters
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Anna Ott
Jun 16, 2018 Tama Chan
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Donald Williams It’s time for animal free circuses now! People all are aware of the we use and abuse of these animals. We want cruelty free entertainment in circuses and all entertainment. Please stop now and release these animals to qualified sanctuaries.
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 8, 2018 Angie Lambert
Jun 8, 2018 Mar Vlan
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 4, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
May 31, 2018 Andreja Stimac
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May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 Lisa Hanselman
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 29, 2018 Krystal Mills
May 29, 2018 Tom Lahey
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 Niki O'Connor
May 29, 2018 Маргарита Буковская
May 28, 2018 Fabiola Vasquez
May 28, 2018 Shirley Baker
May 28, 2018 Antonella Grimaldi
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May 28, 2018 Roel Miranda
May 28, 2018 Maria Manzo Animals are not for our entertaintment
May 28, 2018 A. Bascove
May 28, 2018 carie antepenko
May 28, 2018 Stephanie Passmore
May 27, 2018 claudia citton

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