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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 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
Jun 29, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Jun 29, 2018 christine rochette
Jun 29, 2018 Richard Pendarvis
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 28, 2018 Lynn Sylver
Jun 27, 2018 Kelly Dickey
Jun 27, 2018 Mary Carter
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 26, 2018 Samantha Wilson
Jun 26, 2018 Vikki Chiarini
Jun 25, 2018 Kathleen Testone Please stop all barbaric methods of trapping!
Jun 23, 2018 Judy Moran
Jun 23, 2018 Debby VanSant Do NO HARM
Jun 21, 2018 deborah dodorico I hate people.....at least people who harm animals.....any animals.
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 21, 2018 Morena gambarelli
Jun 20, 2018 S Mendon
Jun 19, 2018 NADINE RITTER

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