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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,769
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


Jul 22, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 22, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 22, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 22, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 22, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 22, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 21, 2018 DEBRA WILSON
Jul 21, 2018 Claudia Ezinicki
Jul 21, 2018 Cecile Nurit
Jul 20, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Terry Southard NEVER been to a circus and never will. This is NOT entertainment, it IS CRUELTY and I will not put money in the pockets of abusers for any reason. I applaud the animals that finally turn on their abusers...KARMA!!!
Jul 19, 2018 Ben Cachola
Jul 19, 2018 Carol Liles
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
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Jul 18, 2018 Wanda Maness
Jul 18, 2018 Ursula Bayer
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Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 17, 2018 Zoe Kane
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Rathburn
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt
Jul 17, 2018 Regina GIRON H
Jul 17, 2018 Lauren Berger
Jul 17, 2018 erin craig
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Barbara Berube
Jul 17, 2018 Ann Ohme
Jul 17, 2018 Nancy Paskowitz
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Stewart
Jul 17, 2018 Shawn Grause
Jul 17, 2018 Tammy Petzelt
Jul 17, 2018 Deneisa Hemmings
Jul 17, 2018 Martine Tramson
Jul 17, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Jul 17, 2018 Laura McGhie
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 16, 2018 M T Be kind to the animals!
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 14, 2018 Donald Williams Don't go to circuses! It supports cruelty and abuse. Say NO TO CIRCUSES!
Jul 13, 2018 caroline morrison
Jul 11, 2018 Vashti Maharaj
Jul 1, 2018 jacklyn Yancy
Jul 1, 2018 Emma Mills

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