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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,553
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


Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 15, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Kwiecinski
Apr 14, 2018 Ellen Iskes
Apr 14, 2018 Robin Kreiner
Apr 14, 2018 Rylie Buehrig
Apr 14, 2018 Alessandro Romeo
Apr 14, 2018 Ankita Jain Gupta
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Fish
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Velez
Apr 13, 2018 Amanda Bunger
Apr 13, 2018 Peter Fell
Apr 13, 2018 Christina Patrick
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Dee Authier
Apr 13, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 13, 2018 Janice Klaschen
Apr 13, 2018 Shannon Leitner
Apr 13, 2018 theresa sonia
Apr 13, 2018 Kate Evans
Apr 13, 2018 Krist Kitchen
Apr 13, 2018 Edwinice Meyer
Apr 12, 2018 Karmen Kinsey
Apr 11, 2018 Fiona Forrest
Apr 11, 2018 Diane Applin
Apr 11, 2018 Roxanne Trout Inhumane & wrong to take them out of their habitat. They are not toys & not for entertainment.
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 11, 2018 Martina Giesen
Apr 11, 2018 LISA CRUZ
Apr 10, 2018 Michael Stevenson
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 sandra zontrop
Apr 10, 2018 Lucienne Boogaard
Apr 10, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
Apr 9, 2018 Heidi Rief
Apr 9, 2018 Jackie Byrd
Apr 9, 2018 Mia Piersante
Apr 9, 2018 Нина Волегова
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Apr 8, 2018 Monika Adamska
Apr 8, 2018 Carol Costello
Apr 8, 2018 Lesley Adamson
Apr 7, 2018 amrita biswas
Apr 7, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Apr 7, 2018 Diane Gilliam
Apr 7, 2018 Sherry Ficarra

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