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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


Oct 21, 2017 Annette Bartlett
Oct 21, 2017 Margaret Fitch
Oct 21, 2017 Stefanie Yellis
Oct 21, 2017 Deborah Carter This is cruel and needs to stop.
Oct 21, 2017 Irina Thilly
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Rosalind Wilton
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Paige Garberding *It's past time to end this barbaric practice permanently.
Oct 21, 2017 Lucille Dumouchelle Put a stop to this horror.
Oct 21, 2017 Bill Testerman Leg hold and foothold traps are barbaric and should be banned across the entire United States immediately!!
Oct 21, 2017 Sheila Maxwell
Oct 21, 2017 Susan Hart As a woman, I immediately lost in clothing with fur involved about twenty years ago due to the cruelty involved in its sourcing. Even wearing artificial furs made me embarrassed. Trapping is a cruel and despicable practice.
Oct 21, 2017 R Kraft A cruel and barbaric practice. Animals deserve better.
Oct 21, 2017 Kimberly Milne This is a terrible agonizing death for the animal. Ban these horrendous traps, they are already banned in 80 countries and 8 states, please do the right thing.m The animals thank you and so do I!
Oct 21, 2017 Martha Gomez
Oct 21, 2017 Randall Bong
Oct 21, 2017 Betty Stroud
Oct 21, 2017 Eileen Johnson
Oct 21, 2017 Catherine Lunt Ban these cruel and barbaric traps. Allowing this type of trapping is unconscionable.
Oct 21, 2017 Miriam Amari
Oct 21, 2017 Linda Marshall Just barbaric and needs to be stopped!
Oct 21, 2017 Tia Ja
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) they are cruel and barbaric
Oct 21, 2017 Wendy Rothman Foothold traps are cruel and inhumane and should be banned in every state!
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Annie Capek
Oct 21, 2017 TONI FREEMAN
Oct 21, 2017 Neil Hahn
Oct 21, 2017 Cathy McDow
Oct 21, 2017 Guilherme Cerbella
Oct 21, 2017 Jonna Butler
Oct 21, 2017 Janet White This is a terrible thing to do to any animal ! Stop this abuse !
Oct 21, 2017 Donna Jones
Oct 21, 2017 rebecca mandich unconscionable
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) How far backward is the US planning to go? Is any evil justified by the prospect of making money? Business interests should be the last thing the USFWS should be protecting.
Oct 21, 2017 Beth Johnson
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is a horrendous practice and has to be stopped for the good of humanity.
Oct 21, 2017 Beverly Stewart
Oct 21, 2017 steph costi
Oct 21, 2017 rick samson
Oct 21, 2017 Cathy Neal
Oct 21, 2017 lauri lando Horrible treatment of living creatures
Oct 21, 2017 lauri lando End this cruelty
Oct 21, 2017 Michelle Harper
Oct 21, 2017 Sharon Vickery This is a cruel,inhumane and Horrific way of trapping which usually ends in the animal's death.
Oct 21, 2017 Erica Bolliger
Oct 21, 2017 Christine Benz
Oct 21, 2017 Eve Duplissis Please end the horrible suffering caused by leg hold and foothold traps.

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