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Goal: 65,000 Progress: 42,367
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


Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 Laurie Kehl
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Rastatter
Feb 19, 2018 Andrea Wasserman
Feb 19, 2018 Judith Mayhew
Feb 19, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 19, 2018 Ellen Paul
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 18, 2018 Christine Covindassamy
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 17, 2018 John & Judy Knoten These animals were not meant to perform to stupid idiot humans. Anyone who goes to the circus contributes to the cruel and inhumane treatment of these innocent animals. The circus owners are all corrupt, cruel and greedy! This should be stopped NOW!!
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 ruth goguen
Feb 15, 2018 Karla Krohn
Feb 15, 2018 jacqueline stuart
Feb 14, 2018 Maria Monteiro
Feb 14, 2018 Debbie Goulet
Feb 12, 2018 norma graciela varrone cancio
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad Stop all animal cruelty..STOP..STOP..STOP
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 5, 2018 Elba Bond
Feb 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 2, 2018 Carol Painter
Jan 31, 2018 Candice Paulus I do not support animal cruelty and neither should you!
Jan 28, 2018 LOUISE MOORE
Jan 28, 2018 COLINDA KRAM
Jan 27, 2018 Pauline O’Donnell
Jan 24, 2018 Ellen Van Bavel
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

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