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"Foothold" or traditional "leg hold" traps snare an animal by the leg once they've reached in to grab bait. They have been traditionally used by fur trappers, as the mechanism does not harm the majority of the animal's fur. Once trapped, the animal is unable to eat, drink, return to their nest or babies, find shelter, or defend themselves from predators

"The animal endures a painful and panic-filled wait until they either die from exhaustion, blood loss, dehydration, hypothermia, or are clubbed, choked or stomped to death by the trapper (so as not to damage the pelt)," the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (AFPA) reports.

In the hours - and sometimes days - after they've been trapped, many of these animals resort to chewing off their own limbs in order to get free.

"There's no way you can modify a leghold trap in a way that won't cause extreme trauma to the animal," Animal Welfare Institute president Cathy Liss told The Dodo. "You have a device that is slamming onto the animal's limb, and it's going to hold them in a vice-like grip, severely restricting or cutting off circulation."

This atrocious method of trapping animals has been banned in 80 countries, and 8 U.S. states. There is no reason it shouldn't be banned in all 50.

Sign the petition below and tell the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that leghold and foothold traps should be banned completely in the U.S.

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To the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),

I am writing you to express my concern over the permitted use of leg hold and foothold traps in the United States.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the National Animal Control Association, have all declared the steel-jaw leg hold trap inhumane, and the trap has been banned or restricted by more than 80 countries and 8 U.S. states.

They have been traditionally used by fur trappers, as the mechanism does not harm the majority of the animal's fur. But once trapped, the animal is unable to eat, drink, return to their nest or babies, find shelter, or defend themselves from predators.

"The animal endures a painful and panic-filled wait until they either die from exhaustion, blood loss, dehydration, hypothermia, or are clubbed, choked or stomped to death by the trapper (so as not to damage the pelt)," the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (AFPA) reports.

Time elapsed from being trapped to being found and killed could be hours. It could be days of suffering. According to the AFPA, many resort to chewing off their own limbs, breaking teeth and bones to get free.

This atrocious method of trapping animals needs to be banned in the entire United States. Please, work to spearhead the prosecution of any person found using these traps and enact legislation which prevents them from being used in the future.

Do not allow this cruelty to continue!

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Oct 20, 2017 Ulrike Hagenbach
Oct 20, 2017 Muriel Thompson
Oct 20, 2017 Patricia Gomez
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Debra Machka
Oct 20, 2017 Justine Smith
Oct 20, 2017 roger scarth
Oct 20, 2017 Elena Burankova
Oct 20, 2017 Bettina Wenk
Oct 20, 2017 Elaine Cheney
Oct 20, 2017 Adam Ostler
Oct 20, 2017 Diane DeLong
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Ulrike Kallisch
Oct 20, 2017 Jean Dobizl
Oct 20, 2017 Andrew Eisenberg
Oct 20, 2017 Cristina Puiggròs
Oct 20, 2017 Zach Hazelton Exactly the argument I've made in the past.
Oct 20, 2017 Andrea Tobyn
Oct 20, 2017 Suzanne Mason
Oct 20, 2017 Peter Koay
Oct 20, 2017 Donna Bentley This has to stop.We need to save our wild life.
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Richard Stafford
Oct 20, 2017 Ann Kearney-Matlock
Oct 20, 2017 Stephen Johnson
Oct 20, 2017 Marybeth Ganz
Oct 20, 2017 Lillemor Kalogridis
Oct 20, 2017 Sara Leonard Just stop! Period! It's time to evolve and quit the descimation of all wildlife. This is particularly barbaric. How do you people stand yourselves?!
Oct 20, 2017 Gundula Dittrich
Oct 20, 2017 Diane Lang This is barbaric & abhorrent. This sort of slow death is cruel beyond belief & must be banned.
Oct 20, 2017 MARY cowen STOP THIS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC CRUELTY IMMEDIATELY. YOU HEARTLESS SOULLESS DEMONIC BASTARDS....KARMA WILL GET YOU
Oct 20, 2017 Andrea Karr
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 David Steed All wildlife is important
Oct 19, 2017 Michelle Bearhart
Oct 19, 2017 David Mainwaring
Oct 19, 2017 thomas murphy hunter /trappers - i would hate to be you at judgement day
Oct 19, 2017 Richard Jenkins
Oct 19, 2017 Kelli Palmer
Oct 19, 2017 Kristine Wigand
Oct 19, 2017 Diane Brown His struggles ceased; he lay at last With wide uncomprehending eyes And watched the sky grow dark above And watched the sunset turn to grey; And quaked with anguish while he strove To gnaw the prisoned leg away. (To A Fur) by F.F. Van de Water
Oct 19, 2017 emelie earle
Oct 19, 2017 Cali Cheshelski
Oct 19, 2017 S Tan
Oct 19, 2017 Rodney Dick
Oct 19, 2017 Terri Cordell
Oct 19, 2017 james brusso
Oct 19, 2017 Deborah Murdock

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