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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 23, 2017 Valerie Sherrill
Feb 23, 2017 Jon Sanner
Feb 23, 2017 Teri R Dean Barbaric, and no one needs to wear fur. Seriously, just think if your family dog/cat got trapped in one of these along w/ wildlife it's not even meant for. In Tucson a Raven and javelin got trapped close to homes. Think about it.
Feb 22, 2017 D P
Feb 22, 2017 P D
Feb 22, 2017 Jamie Nickley
Feb 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2017 Sergio Padilla
Feb 22, 2017 Juan Martinez
Feb 22, 2017 Gloria Howard PLEASE! STOP THIS HORRIBLE PRACTICE!!
Feb 22, 2017 Elisa Rico
Feb 22, 2017 Peter Bondante A cowardly thing to use.
Feb 22, 2017 Patti Tobler
Feb 22, 2017 Cheryl A. Aaron It's time we stop abusing animals...peace.
Feb 22, 2017 Judit Flohr
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 J Zimmerman
Feb 21, 2017 Julie McKay Wilkinson This is horrid animal cruelty! This must STOP!!!
Feb 21, 2017 Bonnie D. This is an abominable device that tortures its victim and exposes them to attacks from other animals. There is NO reason to keep producing or using these wretchedly cruel devices. Animals have chewed off their own legs to escape. This is vicious. STOP!
Feb 21, 2017 Loann Johnson
Feb 21, 2017 Tish Gates
Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 21, 2017 S Sinclaire I thought these were banned. What is wrong with this scenario? You are! Trapping is horrific, cruel and dangerous. WE DO NOT NEED FURS FOR ANYTHING. Leave these animals to live in peace and to keep our environment balanced.
Feb 21, 2017 Michael Tassis
Feb 21, 2017 Sophie LANGUILAIRE
Feb 21, 2017 Jeanie Friedman
Feb 21, 2017 Bonnie Wagner-Westbrook
Feb 20, 2017 Cara Ammon
Feb 20, 2017 Susan Aune Cruel, disgusting wrong! End slaughter!
Feb 20, 2017 loredana belloni
Feb 20, 2017 Marcelo Gusmao
Feb 20, 2017 Alicyn Rivera
Feb 20, 2017 Chelsea Rivera
Feb 20, 2017 Brooke Goodhue
Feb 20, 2017 Simone Schomberg That a "human" something like this invent.That the "human" this use.This shows how we are reprobate and have nothing more human
Feb 20, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2017 Nilgun Tukenmez
Feb 20, 2017 Mila Counihan
Feb 20, 2017 Linda Little Horrific....should be stopped immediately by whatever means necessary.
Feb 20, 2017 carol Boardman Disgusting how are these vile things allowed. get them banned NOW
Feb 19, 2017 Jim Nas
Feb 19, 2017 Robin Rysavy
Feb 19, 2017 Barbara Toering Please stop this inhumane act, you will be judged for this in your lifetime, or the after.
Feb 19, 2017 Suzanne Bonner
Feb 19, 2017 ana-corina nasiescu
Feb 19, 2017 Liberty Bishop
Feb 19, 2017 Jean HIXSON
Feb 19, 2017 Beth Laurer Please do everything in your power to ban leghold traps and prosecute anyone found using them. Please enact legislation preventing leghold traps from being used in the future. Thank you.
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Briggs

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