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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


May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Sherrill Callender Unconscionable. Put an end to these barbaric traps.
May 22, 2018 Terrie Balmer
May 22, 2018 R Holt
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Cristina Burello
May 22, 2018 Myrna Krueger
May 22, 2018 Jeanne Harrington
May 22, 2018 Paula Keenum
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 yvonne cartmale These traps should be banned its a cruel practice is no wild animal safe from these trapers just to skin them and sell their pelts wicked people fur is no longer fashionable , what if a young child were to be caught in oneof these traps!!
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 22, 2018 Sally Carter
May 22, 2018 Deena Walker
May 22, 2018 Marc Ochs
May 22, 2018 Debra Bennett
May 21, 2018 Carol Dixon
May 21, 2018 Sandra Burton
May 21, 2018 mary jo hajicek please stop this ancient horror!
May 21, 2018 Jeffrey Rohan
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Steel leg and foot traps are cruel not only to wildlife but unintended “targets” as well as people and should be banned.
May 21, 2018 Jeanie Bein
May 21, 2018 Katie Efthymiou
May 21, 2018 Mary Kay Siegel
May 21, 2018 Anna Haywood
May 21, 2018 areti kloutsinioti
May 21, 2018 Gela Fogle
May 21, 2018 michelle dorado
May 21, 2018 Gail Grobbelaar
May 21, 2018 Penny Duke
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 melinda themm No one with any compassion would wear fur when it causes such suffering to an animal.
May 21, 2018 Milea Vivi
May 21, 2018 Susanne Heinz
May 21, 2018 Di Holder
May 21, 2018 Jim Fox
May 21, 2018 John Langham
May 21, 2018 Jean Billings
May 21, 2018 Jen Hagens
May 21, 2018 William Busi
May 21, 2018 Carol Watson
May 21, 2018 Jemma Meecham Horrifying cruelty!!!
May 21, 2018 Joyce Librant
May 21, 2018 Carol Brazee
May 21, 2018 jill phipps
May 21, 2018 Teresa Grover Stop unnecessary torture & slaughter, it's inhuman.
May 21, 2018 Sutanuka Chatterjee
May 20, 2018 Robin Kaplan
May 20, 2018 Anthony James

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