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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


Feb 17, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Feb 17, 2018 Janet Roberts This type of "hunting" should be Illeagal in every country. Too many animals die horrible cruel deaths even aside from the type being hunted. It's cruel and wasteful. Please help us stop this practice.
Feb 16, 2018 Lorri MacQueen this is just SICK
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Jennifer Hanna
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Liz Thompson
Feb 13, 2018 Corbett Kroehler
Feb 13, 2018 Vicki coiro
Feb 13, 2018 Teresa Campbell Cruel and dangerous contraption--even domesticated livestock and pets can be victim to these horrid devices. These organizations oppose their use and so do I, and everyone I know, frankly. No more cruelty!
Feb 13, 2018 Marsha Earp
Feb 13, 2018 Mike Ross
Feb 13, 2018 Beth Ross
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Bradbury
Feb 13, 2018 Fiona Mérand
Feb 13, 2018 Rhonda Hussey
Feb 12, 2018 PATRICIA PUCKETT Please stop this very cruel act
Feb 12, 2018 Diane Louis
Feb 12, 2018 Christina Bailey
Feb 12, 2018 Kathleen Rumpf Please stop this cruel practice. No trapping of any kind should be allowed in this day and age. People don't need animal fur for any reason any longer. Fake fur can be used for clothing and as far as food goes markets are full of supplies.
Feb 12, 2018 b Winkler
Feb 12, 2018 Linda Grimm
Feb 12, 2018 Priscilla Hoke Ouch! How would they like it if they got their foot stuck in this barbaric trap?
Feb 12, 2018 Ted Williams
Feb 11, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 11, 2018 Sharon Marr
Feb 11, 2018 Barbara Mateo
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Joseph Glombiak
Feb 11, 2018 Paulette Riou This is one example of just how awful humans can be. How will we evolve as a society if we support something so mean.
Feb 11, 2018 Jeannie Richards
Feb 11, 2018 barbara elias No one should be trapping any animals!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 11, 2018 Nancy Rich
Feb 11, 2018 Connie Cray
Feb 11, 2018 Ann Jensen Leghold and foothold traps should be banned completely in the us - we're not in the times of fur trappers !
Feb 11, 2018 Therese Fromaigeat
Feb 11, 2018 Gwendolyn Torres
Feb 11, 2018 Christine Lee
Feb 11, 2018 mim bois
Feb 10, 2018 ki paul
Feb 10, 2018 Judith Haefner This should have been abolished decades ago, just barbaric,beyond cruel & sadistic. You are there to protect, remember? Time to do your job!
Feb 10, 2018 Setsuko Maruki-Fox
Feb 10, 2018 Sharon Kavanaugh
Feb 10, 2018 Cynthia Lee Cruel and barbaric
Feb 10, 2018 Maria Simmons This practice needs to be stopped now!
Feb 10, 2018 Jean Marie Vinecourt
Feb 9, 2018 J Rigney
Feb 9, 2018 Vikki Kingswell
Feb 9, 2018 Peter C Krebs
Feb 9, 2018 Barbara Mastej

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