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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


Dec 9, 2016 Loretta Tiefen
Dec 9, 2016 Stephanie Munguia-Flores
Dec 8, 2016 Casey Kaemerer
Dec 8, 2016 melissa mortenson
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Dec 7, 2016 Sanand D
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Dec 6, 2016 gabriela seabra
Dec 6, 2016 Siamak Owhadi
Dec 6, 2016 Ursula Bellof
Dec 6, 2016 Karola Windweh
Dec 6, 2016 Rebecca Straus Pojalusta... take after Ringling Brothers and stop using animals period!
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Dec 6, 2016 Jessica Wolf
Dec 6, 2016 Filippo Garofalo
Dec 5, 2016 Athina Peter
Dec 5, 2016 FLORENT SIGURANI
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Dec 4, 2016 Marion Schorr
Dec 4, 2016 Marieke Van Engeland
Dec 4, 2016 Astrid Laban
Dec 4, 2016 Angela Kohnke
Dec 4, 2016 laborgrupo armer teufel c/ o reger
Dec 4, 2016 Janice Cowett
Dec 4, 2016 Petra Salenka
Dec 4, 2016 Siegrid Roedel STOP ANIMALS IN THE CIRCUS---NOW
Dec 4, 2016 jacqueline Peter
Dec 4, 2016 Véronique loutz
Dec 4, 2016 Lara Hembom
Dec 4, 2016 Robbio Patricia
Dec 4, 2016 Francisca Brechbuhler
Dec 3, 2016 Natalie Miceli
Dec 3, 2016 olivier mouro
Dec 3, 2016 Melanie Blackburn
Dec 3, 2016 Susanne Wischinski
Dec 3, 2016 mary laffrey
Dec 3, 2016 eve maquin
Dec 3, 2016 christine marchand
Dec 3, 2016 Mariana Lukacova
Dec 3, 2016 Collette Margaret
Dec 3, 2016 Djamila Grouci
Dec 3, 2016 Mariette Van veen
Dec 3, 2016 Silvia Steinbrecher
Dec 3, 2016 rosette putzeys
Dec 3, 2016 Dessislava Tzenova
Dec 3, 2016 Myriam Vanden abbeelen
Dec 3, 2016 Bartha Sjoerdsma
Dec 3, 2016 Sigrid Müller
Dec 3, 2016 Gerlinde Holzer
Dec 2, 2016 linda barratt

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