Stop the Exploitation of Bears for Human Amusement

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Target: Sergey Donskoy, Russian Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

Goal: End the use of bears for human entertainment in Russia

A pro-athlete living in Russia recently made headlines for renting a live bear for his two-year-old son’s birthday party. The bear, rented from a local circus, was muzzled and forced to allow children to sit on him for the duration of the party. Animal welfare laws are very sparse in Russia, making this sort of animal-human exploitation all too possible, but Russian ministers have the power to change the fate of bears used for entertainment.

Kirill Kombarov, a midfielder for FC Torpedo Moscow, hired a huge bear as entertainment for his son’s themed birthday gathering. The bear has been performing for years, though had a muzzle on to prevent bites. However, the bear’s arms were free, so any act of aggression could have been deadly. The bear came from a circus called Stepan Nikulin, and is often used in films.

Russia’s animal welfare laws are lax. For example, animals that perform in the nation’s circuses are kept in tiny, plain cages, with no stimulation when not performing. Zoo enclosures in Russia too often do not resemble the captive animals’ natural environments and are instead dreary, concrete, small, and inadequate for harsh weather. The bear featured at Kombarov’s son’s party could have been hurt or fed something to make it ill and likely would not have been rehabilitated.

Sign this petition to urge the Russian minister responsible for environmental protection to implement harsher animal welfare laws in Russia. Bears should not be available for birthday-party rental or circus performances. They deserve interesting, fulfilling lives in their natural environments.


Dear Minister Donskoy,

A pro-Russian footballer recently rented a bear for his son’s birthday party. Kirill Kombarov, a midfielder for FC Torpedo Moscow, put his son and all other children present at the party in harm’s way. The bear, rented from a Russian circus, could have easily swiped at any of the humans there, which would have resulted in severe injury or death.

The lives of animals used for entertainment in Russia are extremely sad. They are given little environmental enrichment; many are forced to live in concrete boxes when not satisfying human onlookers. The lives of Russia’s captive bears must change.

Minister Donskov, I urge you to develop strict animal welfare policies on behalf of these misunderstood and abused bears. Please ban the use of bears in Russian entertainment. They are too intelligent to be humiliated in the ways that they are.


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  1. Why does this world have an overwhelming need to debase and destroy every innocent thing in its path. If they want to see clowns perform, let them watch the human ones that dress up for that purpose. It sickens me to my very core at what we “human” beings are doing to the innocent creatures of this world. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    • I agree totally with you, Leda ! Hire clowns to entertain at your kids’parties….better yet, if they dress the clown as a bear and make him do “bear tricks”, that would be more to my liking….(maybe the kids’ too !)

  2. Dawn dowling says:

    What kind of pleasure can you get from watching a living beings natural life stripped away, conditioned to perform unnatural acts by repititous abuse???

  3. Most people are simply unaware of what it takes to make animals to perform unnatural, to them, trick. It is our responsibility to educate them. When people will stop buying tickets – all this will vanish…

  4. Donna Jordan says:

    Wild animals need to be free not used for our amusement. .

  5. Forcing animals through pain and fear to perform unnatural acts for moronic and callous human beings’ amusement is an obscene atrocity that no civilised community would tolertae.

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  7. sherri foster says:

    Exploitation is not entertainment! This is an important and necessary societal lesson that our children must be taught.Adults lead by example as well as words.

  8. Sara Arbogast says:

    This cruelty has to stop … NOT entertainment!

  9. This kind of chronic Animal Abuse, is Deplorable, and MUST BE STOPPED!!This IS part of the Evil “Culture Of Death”!!!

  10. Maria Pia Superti says:

    It is very sad and painful…we are the superior kind buy act like the Neanderthal man…stop abuse on animals please stop the suffering for bears !

  11. Gill Griffith says:

    Barbaric. we don’t need entertainment like this anymore. It belongs in the dark ages

  12. Suzie Dodd says:

    Making animals perform degrading tricks through fear and intimidation shows a cruel disregard for genuine animal welfare. Animals do not exist for us to abuse, degrade or exploit. Please stop the inhumane, indefensible use of animals in circus acts. There are plenty of ways to be entertained, using animals isn’t one of them,

  13. This is not acceptable way to treat these animals. They maybe big but they are delicate souls that deserve our respect.

  14. Alex Harrocks says:

    surley this is something from the middle ages ! I thought people had evolved from that disgusting abuse of animals ?

  15. Jacqueline Thurlow says:

    This is evil, cruel sadistic and barbaric, these poor innocent defenceless bears are tortured, humiliated, abused physically and mentally. This has to be stopped, these monsters that do this to to tje poor bears are sick and depraved monsters, The same thing should be done to them, a shame the bears didn’t attack and kill these evil monsters.

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