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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


Dec 15, 2017 Doyle Worley
Dec 15, 2017 Douglas Brown
Dec 15, 2017 Lacey Smith
Dec 14, 2017 Donna Edwards
Dec 14, 2017 Georgina Raulerson
Dec 14, 2017 Leslie Low
Dec 13, 2017 Annalisa Bertolazzi
Dec 13, 2017 Merle Levine Disgusting humans should be caught in their own snares!
Dec 10, 2017 J.R. Freedman Please do the Right Thing for Animals.
Dec 9, 2017 valdy flament
Dec 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2017 Birgit Ditto
Dec 4, 2017 Maura Ivan
Dec 4, 2017 irene schweizer
Dec 4, 2017 ELISAVET PESSEXIDOU
Dec 4, 2017 bonnie reeves
Dec 4, 2017 Magdalena Kisela
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Dec 3, 2017 Albina Kolombo I care
Dec 1, 2017 Sam Ardis
Dec 1, 2017 Sam Golding
Dec 1, 2017 Chris Golding
Dec 1, 2017 Jill Thomas
Dec 1, 2017 Jess Ardis
Dec 1, 2017 Greg Andrews
Dec 1, 2017 Amanda Golding
Dec 1, 2017 Lola Salas Garcia
Dec 1, 2017 mary peteinaraki
Dec 1, 2017 Rocky reuter
Dec 1, 2017 Frexas Nela
Dec 1, 2017 Ilean Brown
Nov 30, 2017 N Murph
Nov 29, 2017 ANNA Wilkinson
Nov 29, 2017 Kris Peterson
Nov 28, 2017 Joanne Valastro
Nov 27, 2017 keely gililland SAVE NATURE
Nov 26, 2017 Marie Pleasant
Nov 26, 2017 Pablo Bobe
Nov 26, 2017 Ana Alves
Nov 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is inhumane!
Nov 25, 2017 lupem LOPEZ
Nov 24, 2017 Liz Cook Leg hold traps are a crime against nature, a middle age barbarity utterly indefensible given our modern understanding of animal's capacity for extreme suffering. Wildlife need your leadership. Ban these traps now.
Nov 23, 2017 h s
Nov 22, 2017 Aleix Gonzalez
Nov 22, 2017 Cheryll Poulin
Nov 21, 2017 Beverly Brzycki I'm a huge big cat lover. Seeing this kind of stuff just kills me & breaks my heart.
Nov 21, 2017 Beckie Wood
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Lane Herman This isn't sport. It's not even about survival. The only reason to use this kind of trap is for the unnecessary fur trade.
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie

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