The Moscow Cats Theatre claims to be the only cat-based circus in the world, which isn't correct, but one thing is for certain, the cats who perform in the show do some astonishing tricks. The question that has been raised is how exactly they were trained to do such unusual tricks. The circus has been loudly accused of animal cruelty.
Founded by veteran Russian clown Yuri Kuklachev in 1990, the Cats Theatre uses human clowns and feline "actors" to put on a world-renowned show that has played everywhere from America to Israel. The circus employs 120 cats to perform such stunts as balancing on a ball, walking a tightrope, and posing and dressing up with their human counterparts.
Russian bloggers have accused the circus of cruel training methods, and inhumane living conditions for the animals. In 2009 Kuklachev won a defamation suit against a number of these critics, who were forced to take down their accounts of any wrongdoing, but some sites still exist and claim that since the Moscow Cats Theatre has ties to the Russian government, there is no chance of a fair trial.