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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


Jul 20, 2018 Linda Riego
Jul 20, 2018 Karen Browning
Jul 20, 2018 Christine Aspinall Leghold and foothold traps are barbaric and cruel in the extreme and should be banned outright! The suffering endured by the animals that get caught is unthinkable and the humans who resort to this inhumane method are themselves ignorant and pitiless.
Jul 19, 2018 Eileen Bevan
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Marina Marini
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Brenda Dye
Jul 19, 2018 Jayni Chase Please Please Please STOP using these cruel mechanisms! The tiny population of wild beings that are left should be honored and protected.
Jul 19, 2018 Jane Chischilly
Jul 19, 2018 Kate Evans
Jul 19, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 19, 2018 Brian Gottejman
Jul 19, 2018 Jose Carrillo
Jul 19, 2018 Wanda Crockett
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Link
Jul 19, 2018 Jennifer Brunson
Jul 19, 2018 Lisa Ramaci Why is America so in thrall to hunters? Why is it that their demands are met, and those opposed to their cruelty, brutality, and greed are ignored? STOP THE USE OF THESE MEDIEVAL TRAPS IN AMERICA!
Jul 19, 2018 Lyn Inch
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Totally barbaric and should be stopped, likewise the fur trade as a whole.
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Lisa Sherman
Jul 18, 2018 Henry Mongrain This is barbaric, in every sense of the word.
Jul 18, 2018 Diane Henschke
Jul 18, 2018 MARY CAMPBELL
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Doyle Worley
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Organ
Jul 14, 2018 Lucille Lietzau
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 12, 2018 TIMOTHY KINKEAD
Jul 11, 2018 Christina Arnemann
Jul 10, 2018 Julie Cannon
Jul 9, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 9, 2018 suzanne caruso
Jul 9, 2018 Laurie McKenna trapping is barbaric and cruel end this forever!! Poor animals
Jul 8, 2018 Ellen Schoenfeld
Jul 7, 2018 timmie smith
Jul 6, 2018 Naia Vincent
Jul 6, 2018 Jeanette Larson
Jul 5, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 5, 2018 Lea Block
Jul 5, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
Jul 2, 2018 (Name not displayed) I would love to help the planet!
Jul 1, 2018 Deborah Ebersold
Jun 30, 2018 William Scullion
Jun 29, 2018 Martha Strother
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Carl Clark

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