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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


Jan 19, 2018 Virginia Dwyer
Jan 19, 2018 maria letizia corradini
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Danuta Watola
Jan 18, 2018 Christina Konle
Jan 17, 2018 sandra sofka
Jan 17, 2018 Andre Ferro
Jan 17, 2018 James Mulcare
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Jan 17, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Jan 17, 2018 Sylvie Auger
Jan 17, 2018 Danny van Huizen
Jan 16, 2018 Mike Hughey
Jan 16, 2018 michelle elliott
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 16, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 16, 2018 Inge Bjorkman
Jan 15, 2018 Veronica B.
Jan 15, 2018 Sara Graziosa
Jan 15, 2018 Erika Somlai
Jan 15, 2018 Ed Vieira
Jan 15, 2018 jeanne rogers
Jan 15, 2018 Kalliope M.
Jan 15, 2018 magdalena asbrede
Jan 15, 2018 Catherine Gaspard
Jan 15, 2018 Elizabeth McGowan
Jan 15, 2018 Donita Lowrey
Jan 13, 2018 Tina Barts
Jan 12, 2018 David Tracy
Jan 12, 2018 Lori Ferrari
Jan 11, 2018 Marco Parravicini
Jan 11, 2018 bruce hall This is barbaric treatment of God's creatures. Shame on trappers and others who profit from this misery.
Jan 8, 2018 Veronica Robertie
Jan 8, 2018 josh pelleg
Jan 7, 2018 Holly LaGalante
Jan 7, 2018 Leslie Gladstone
Jan 7, 2018 adriana onicu
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 4, 2018 Kathleen Schmaling
Jan 4, 2018 Kristen Day
Jan 4, 2018 Jayne Crummet It is not bad enough that we trap these creatures for their fur, but then they must be subjected to such brutality. I am ashamed that we, as a civilized society would allow this to continue. Please put an end to this atrocity.
Jan 4, 2018 Erika van Heerden
Jan 2, 2018 Patricia Vineski
Jan 2, 2018 LESLIE EDSTROM
Jan 2, 2018 CHRISTOPHER HORTON
Jan 2, 2018 Leslie Tawnamaia Thank you for your consideration.
Jan 2, 2018 Cheryl Houck
Jan 1, 2018 MK Jones

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