Outlaw Cruel Circus that Forces Polar Bears to Sing and Dance

Target: Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture

Goal: Shut down the inhumane circus act that forces polar bears to sing and dance.

Polar bears are forced to perform painful tricks in a cruel circus act. The Ivanovo circus is a popular Russian circus known for its polar bear act. Startling images show the bear standing on its hind legs, muzzled, and dancing with its prod-wielding trainer. Demand the indefinite closing of this inhumane circus.

Polar bears are taught to sing, dance, ice skate, and play football at the hands of their trainer. She speaks openly in an interview about her methods of training the bears, which include consistent beatings. Once onstage, the bears are muzzled, chained, and forced to stand on their hind legs. This posture is unnatural and uncomfortable for the bears. They are also allegedly subjected to starvation and small enclosures.

This is not the first incident of alleged animal abuse in a Russian Circus. They have been accused of burning animals with cigarettes, striking them with metal bars, and using other torture methods in the past. Sign below and demand the immediate shut down of the Ivanovo circus.


Dear Mr. Medinsky,

Polar bears are muzzled, chained, and forced to stand on their hind legs to perform in a cruel circus act. This torture cannot go on. We demand the immediate shut down of the Ivanovo circus.

The circus bears are forced to stand, sing, dance, and do other tricks that cause them extreme discomfort. They are also allegedly beaten, starved, muzzled, and forced to live in small enclosures all for the sake of entertainment.

We demand that you put an end to this abuse by closing the Ivanovo circus indefinitely.


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  1. What if the shoe was on the other foot??? What if polar bears took this trainers baby for entertainment?? How would she feel??STOP sadistic people from torturing innocent animals. Call yourself a trainer or a sadistic sick mentally ill person, because the acts of violence do not differentiate your sick behavior towards the creatures we are supposed to protect and live in harmony with.

  2. HERE IS WHAT THE ABUSEMENT Ivanovo circus in Russia IS ALL ABOUT.
    Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture & TRAINERS YULIA DENISENKO AND YURIY KHOKHLOV:
    Thanks to this WORLDWIDE PETITION, we know that you “TRAINERS/ANIMAL ABUSERS” YULIA DENISENKO AND YURIY KHOKHLOV muzzle and force the polar bears to carry out humiliating acts, disturbing photos show polar bears being made to “sing”,
    ice skate and play football as part of act at a Russian circus.
    YULIA DENISENKO has spoken of the ‘necessity’ of striking bears when they are young.
    She said that the beatings force the bears to stand and walk on their hind legs.
    We are demanding that Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture shuts down the inhumane circus act that forces polar bears to sing and dance.

  3. Rosie Adams says:

    This leaves Russia with a complete loss of dignity which is a travesty given the absolutely phenomenal human acrobatic artistry it has within. Compare this savage, brutal and inhuman treatment of a big, beautiful and wild animal to the grace of those on the trapeze or the synchronised swimming teams and there is an immediate tragedy. There is nothing whatsoever that can redeem the misuse of such an animal, except for its rescue and immediate psychological and physical rehabilitation in a place that understands and caters for the polar bear intelligence and sensitive complexities it holds. Far more than Denisenko holds. This must be stopped immediately if Russia is to hold its head up on the treatment and management of the Arctic wildlife, it should be helping to protect and preserve.

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