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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,334
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


Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 11, 2018 Diane Parks
Jan 11, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2017 Donna Tanner
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 25, 2017 Marilyn Williams Circuses that use animals are dwindling in attendance as people become more aware of the use and abuse of these animals. Please stop these animal using circuses, now.
Dec 23, 2017 Colleen Harvel
Dec 21, 2017 Tj Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 Kris Lauria
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 3, 2017 Alyssa Marie Antes
Dec 2, 2017 barbara gale
Dec 2, 2017 Jenly Vizcaino
Dec 1, 2017 NANCY CATANIA
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Dec 1, 2017 Nataliu Fomina Nataliu Fomina Я хочу чтобы животные были счастливыми. И они жили в заповедниках. В безопастности и и были просто счастливы.
Nov 28, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 21, 2017 C Friedrich
Nov 21, 2017 Lesley Bolton
Nov 21, 2017 Jamie Batson
Nov 20, 2017 george maharis
Nov 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 18, 2017 Brooks Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 18, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 D Mccoy
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 17, 2017 Beth polera
Nov 17, 2017 HELGA Jelus
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 17, 2017 Rita Council No animal should be subject to abuse, neglect, beaten so that they can perform in a stupid circus!! These animals need to be taken away and sent to sanctuaries where they can finally be happy!!! All circuses suck!!!And need to be shut down for good!!!
Nov 16, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 16, 2017 Lisa Arnold

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