Free Polar Bears From Circus Torture

Polar_Bear_-_Alaska_(cropped) via alan wilson

Target: Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture

Goal: Stop forcing endangered wild polar bears into lives of abuse and slavery at circuses.

Polar bears are being forced to perform degrading tricks in Russian circuses. The massive creatures are forced to stand on their hind legs and roar into microphones as their muzzles are held shut by thick wire and ropes placed through holes pierced into the septum by a hot needle. They are forced to dance, play football, and ice skate. Unfortunately, these scenes are all too common in Russia due to its lax circus laws.

Polar bears, a vulnerable and declining species, are taken from the wild as cubs and forced into a life of servitude and abuse. Many of the cubs do not survive the trauma of capture, the stress of transport, and the excessively rough handling they face on the way to the circus. Even more die after being subjected to the industry’s barbaric training methods, which according to one Russian trainer, are necessary to break down the bear’s self-preservation instincts so that it does not harm humans when full grown.

Trainers chain young cubs to walls by their necks and hind legs in order to force them to stand upright for extended periods of time. They starve the bears, beat them with metal rods, and burn them with cigarettes in order to force compliance. The creatures will then spend the rest of their lives performing for crowds under threats of injury and abuse.

With only 25,000 polar bears left in the wild, it is imperative that they are protected from exploitation by humans. In order to ensure this, Russia must implement laws protecting wild and endangered animals from being captured and forced into slavery for entertainment. Sign the petition below to demand that Russia put a stop to the barbaric use of polar bears in circuses.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Medinsky,

Polar bears are being taken from their mothers as cubs and forced into a life of torture and mistreatment at the hands of circus handlers. Their muzzles and noses are pierced with hot needles to make holes for wire muzzles, and they are forced to perform unnatural tricks for large audiences.

There remain less than 25,000 of these bears in the wild due to natural factors such as habitat decline, and exploitation for entertainment and profit is further hurting these numbers. We, the undersigned, demand that Russia bans the use of polar bears and other wild, endangered species in cruel circuses.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Alan Wilson

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21 Comments

  1. NATURE treats back now ? bastards
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now ?
    Best Wishesto you my friendand Great Protection ?

  2. end the captivity on all polar bears .

  3. BARBARIC WICKED AND EVIL

  4. Debra Doll says:

    Please leave the animals alone and stop using them to a way to make money. They are not put on this planet to amuse us!

  5. As a species, we should have evolved beyond such barbarity such a long time ago.

  6. S.Browning says:

    People, please stop this persistent persecution of animals, birds and other living creatures.

    We no longer live in Ancient Rome. Didn’t you know.?

    Lawmakers – please listen and – for once – make laws to give animals help!

  7. Wendy Morrison says:

    All ANIMALS including Polar Bears should never be tortured in circuses or anywhere else for that fact! Release these POLAR BEARS and All other ANIMALS from cruel treatment of these circuses!!!!! Release them IMMEDIATELY to an animal sanctuaries!!!

  8. YOU RUSSIANS ARE AS EVIL AND BARBARIC AS THE CHINESE AND KOREANS, THEY DID THIS TO ANIMALS IN ANCIENT ROME, THIS SHOULD BE A THING OF THE DISTANCE PAST, NOT STILL HAPPENING TODAY, YOU RUSSIANS ARE NOT HUMAN YOU HAVE NOT EVOLVED AS WE IN THE WEST HAVE, WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG, WHAT YOU RUSSIANS ARE DOING IS WRONG, DONT YOU HAVE THE BRAINS TO KNOW THAT OR DONT YOU CARE, YOU ARE EVIL DISGUSTING BARBERIANS, PLEASE DONT TAKE THESE BEARS AND TORTURE THEM THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE, PLEASE DONT DO THIS TO LIVING CREATURES.

    • Sara Smith says:

      Couldn’t agree more Maureen, they rival other asiatics in their barbaric treatment of animals. I’d be ashamed to call myself Russian, they are nearly all uncultured boors.

    • Tatiana.Tsi says:

      Not all Russians are the same. Don’t be a brainwashed western bitch. Go eat a big Mack obese western creature.

  9. Blush for shame you cowards who let these things continue because your judgment is overthrown with bribes and sordid gain. What have you to do with authority or power but to use it upon your lusts and self-interests? Stop oppressing the creatures of the earth that belong to the only Lord God’s; for the earth is his and all that it contains. Amend your ways. Do justly and love mercy. Stop exploiting animals for profits but consider their care. Stop your circuses, rodeos, bull runs, dog and horse racing, etc and leave these creatures alone. Stop your hunting for pleasure after your lusts who make a sport of killing because you have power to do so.

  10. Teresa DePaula says:

    God did NOT create animals for MAN to TORTURE. He created for us to co-exist and cows,chickens for us to eat. Allowing Evil is the same as Being Evil & the people who torture animals for circus acts or for anything for the GREEED of money ARE EVIL. Evil people will die living eternal life in their worse nightmares or come back Reincarnated as a Tortured animals or Abused Molested Child. You can win God’s approval by STOPPING EVIL.

  11. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Russia: “Still Backward After All These Years”

  12. hal shootel says:

    Even Russians must acknowledge this practice is just plain WRONG!
    Clearly, you cannot bill yourselves as civilized and continue this cruel practice.
    Just too bad your earlier nuclear accident didn’t glass over your entire population.

  13. Marilyn Leybra ·

    In order to get these babies from the wild they obviously kill the mothers whose skins wind up as polar rugs in Putin’s & other well-off Russian’s bedrooms. Including Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture who I’m supposed to be petitioning? Perhaps these bears are luckier than brown bears in Russian zoos, where they sit in a 10 ft. deep barren concrete pit & visitors look down on them from the top as they sit there till they die. Animals have noone & no laws to protect them, are at the mercy of the human species. Can only wish them good luck.

  14. Donna Miller says:

    What the FUCK.Aren’t there enough things messed up in this world. Leave the innocent animals alone and let them just live their lives. All of them. PLEASE.

  15. HEART BREAKING TO KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING (YET AGAIN TO INNOCENT BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.)
    INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE TEAMS….WHERE ARE YOU?! PLEASE BAN THIS AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.

  16. MARCELLE VAN SOEST says:

    RUSSIANS TORTURING POLAR BEARS AND OTHER ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES AND GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE AND WE ADDRESS OUR CONCERNS TO THE MINISTER FOR CULTURE? REALLY? IT WOULD BE ALMOST LAUGHABLE IF IT WASN’T SO APPALLING. ANYONE OR ANY COUNTRY WHICH USES ANIMALS FOR SO-CALLED ENTERTAINMENT IS NOT ONLY HIDEOUSLY CRUEL, THEY ARE BARBARIC AND IMMORAL. THAT INCLUDES RODEOS. BUT ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES IN THIS DAY AND AGE IS UNBELIEVABLE. CULTURE? I DON’T THINK SO.

  17. Alexandre Engelen says:

    Polar bears are not on earth for human entertainment!Ban circuses who abuse animals. Learn children and people of Russia to respect the planet and its life before it is too late …

  18. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

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