Praise the Surrender of Last Circus Ape to Sanctuary

Target: Joachim Falkenhagen, President-in-Office of the Council of the city of Celle

Goal: Praise Germany for retiring Robby, the last great ape in a German circus.

At 42 years old, Robby the chimpanzee will finally be brought to a sanctuary after years of being exploited in the circus. He is the last great ape in a German circus and now he will finally be able to enjoy the life nature intended for him.

Circus Belly has fought hard to keep Robby, but thankfully Celle district officials have determined that Robby needs to be moved to a place where he can properly be taken care of. For years, Robby has been alone, forced to do absurd circus tricks, and wear a tuxedo. Animals used in the circus are often subjected to cruel training techniques including excessive chaining, abuse, and starvation.

Sign this petition and praise the German court for making the compassionate choice to retire Robby. Now, Robby will get the chance to play with friends, climb, enjoy the sunshine, and truly enjoy life to its fullest.


Dear Mr. Falkenhagen,

Recently, Celle district officials determined that Robby, the last great ape in a German circus, must be retired and moved to a place where he can be properly cared for. This is a great milestone for animal rights in Germany.

For years, Circus Belly has been forcing Robby to perform in front of large, jeering crowds. He would be ordered to do ridiculous circus tricks while wearing a tuxedo. To make matters even worse, he was all alone. Thankfully, that is all about to change for Robby.

Thank you for making the compassionate choice to retire Robby from the circus. He has been exploited for far too long and it is time for him to enjoy life to the fullest. At his new home, he will be able to play with friends, enjoy the sunshine, climb, roam, and do all the things chimpanzees are meant to do.


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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    THANK YOU! I’m sure this big guy is SO HAPPY!!!

  2. Margrit Simons says:

    Thank you so very much for caring!

  3. May more people in such authority find their humanity like you did. Bless you.

  4. Victoria Salter says:

    I love you, Robbie. May you find peace and happiness. May you be as happy, healthy and safe as can be for the remainder of your days and nights.
    Also, a big thank you to the power who made this decision. If anyone at the circus hit, kicked, starved or otherwise physically abused Robbie, or any other sentient being, unnecessarily, may they be charged and punished compassionately and appropriately (say, 10 years in a compassionate and safe jail, depending on the extent of the abuse?).

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