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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


Nov 15, 2017 Bryan Hoida
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Lynn Gaudette
Nov 14, 2017 Alexis Remollino Those poor things! please help them!
Nov 13, 2017 susan munro
Nov 13, 2017 Tanja Stanfield
Nov 12, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Nov 12, 2017 Robin Weekes
Nov 12, 2017 Phyl Morello DEMAND NO MORE TRAPPING OF ANY KIND. DEMAND BANNING ANY TRAP! STOP THE MAKING OF THEM & PUNISH SELLERS & BUYERS OF TRAPS!
Nov 12, 2017 Sgt Grit Call your Representative and your Senators contract the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Veteran Disabled Benefit Law who is collected 100 percent service connected get the G4implants for free by a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist.
Nov 12, 2017 Andrew Brockbank
Nov 12, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 11, 2017 Cheryl Collins
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 karls Csstro
Nov 11, 2017 Haley Svec
Nov 11, 2017 Enrico Sibour
Nov 11, 2017 carmela cid
Nov 11, 2017 Gigi Middlebrook These tools of destruction should go why should trapper's be allowed to use these horrific traps????
Nov 11, 2017 Doris Gorman
Nov 11, 2017 L Kifer Ban these horrific traps now!!
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Raimondo
Nov 11, 2017 Sonia Frontera
Nov 11, 2017 Anne Prost
Nov 9, 2017 CAMELIA-MARIA DOBIRCEANU
Nov 9, 2017 Timothae Harvey
Nov 9, 2017 vautrin noelle
Nov 8, 2017 Donna Smith STOP! This is horrible and inhumane!
Nov 8, 2017 William Kavanagh
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2017 Marcia Tomka
Nov 8, 2017 Sharon Latimer This practice needs to be stopped. Please ban the use of these traps.
Nov 8, 2017 nerea herrero
Nov 7, 2017 eSTELA mORENO
Nov 7, 2017 Rebecca Rock
Nov 7, 2017 Nancy Hollis
Nov 7, 2017 Tamara Bastine
Nov 7, 2017 Victoria Salter
Nov 6, 2017 Ani Hart Trapping of all types has to be totally outlawed, banned. This type of trapping is cruel, hideous and inhumane. Ban this type of trapping forever.
Nov 6, 2017 Colleen Dawber
Nov 6, 2017 Jenny Bramlette
Nov 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2017 Tanya Saltau
Nov 6, 2017 Kelly Duke
Nov 6, 2017 Elvira Paschke
Nov 6, 2017 Elaine Yannuzzi
Nov 6, 2017 Lee Box
Nov 6, 2017 Anna Cruikshank
Nov 6, 2017 Jomarie Minton
Nov 5, 2017 Rhoda Slanger

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