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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


Feb 27, 2017 Keith Ellerbrock
Feb 27, 2017 Bethanie C. Deerchild
Feb 27, 2017 Jeffrey Wiles Eighty countries vs. eight states, eh? That is a terribly pathetic statistic. Freaking WAKE-UP CALL to the U.S. of A.!!!
Feb 27, 2017 Scott Crockett
Feb 27, 2017 april evans
Feb 27, 2017 B Mastoras
Feb 27, 2017 Mike Mayville
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 bob petermann
Feb 27, 2017 Sandy Amador
Feb 27, 2017 Craig Ballweg
Feb 27, 2017 Ashley Sisson
Feb 27, 2017 Tobi Zausner
Feb 27, 2017 C. PALMER
Feb 27, 2017 Christina Platou This is a barbaric way of hunting!
Feb 27, 2017 Elaine D'Angelo I thought these horrible traps were banned years and years ago. PLEASE BAN THEM NOW-PLEASE
Feb 27, 2017 Candy Niccolson
Feb 27, 2017 Ann Marie Teder
Feb 27, 2017 Carol Brecht-Wiles BAN these damnably cruel and barbaric devices forever!
Feb 27, 2017 Michelle Fedore
Feb 27, 2017 Charles Bradford
Feb 27, 2017 Amy Veloz These traps are sadistically cruel. These abominable devices should be banned in all States!
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please end this cruel type of trapping! If some children were caught in leg-hold or foothold traps, maybe you'd end it!
Feb 27, 2017 Carole Wilmoth
Feb 27, 2017 Anne Corrigan
Feb 27, 2017 Ruth Cassidy
Feb 27, 2017 grace padelford
Feb 27, 2017 Angela Cooper Please end this cruelty.
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) There is no excuse for torturing and killing animals in this way. This is the year 2017, not medieval times. Surely America could be "great again" by banning this horrifying practice. As we sow deeds of pain and suffering, so shall we reap. Stop this!
Feb 27, 2017 William Ronald
Feb 27, 2017 anita rinaldi
Feb 27, 2017 Joann Hess This is horrible! Please end this cruelty, now!
Feb 27, 2017 Bari Bowles
Feb 27, 2017 Jeanne MacDonald Such cruelty cannot be allowed to continue.
Feb 27, 2017 Brendan Weldon-Beltz Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." America is a great nation ... and only eight states have banned these inhumane traps?! What is wrong with us? We should be ashamed!
Feb 27, 2017 Stephen Gonzales
Feb 27, 2017 Michele Mika
Feb 27, 2017 Patricia Loverink
Feb 27, 2017 Barbara Yusup
Feb 27, 2017 D Peters Barbaric! Humans suck.
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 Pam McHugh Stop this barbaric and inhumane practice, it's despicable and so unnecessary.
Feb 27, 2017 Marianne Tamburro
Feb 27, 2017 Elisabeth Byers How barbaric in this day and age to have our wildlife suffer in such a gruesome manner! My family and I implore you to ban these monstrous death traps. They are banned in 80 countries and only 8 US States, what is the matter with us?
Feb 27, 2017 m P
Feb 27, 2017 SJ Ingram Why are we allowing such a cruel, inhumane way to kill animals? Especially when we do not need to wear fur anymore!
Feb 27, 2017 Jean Handy This is such a barbaric practice and hurts or kills countless animals beside the one's targeted to be trapped!
Feb 27, 2017 Lori Snyder
Feb 27, 2017 Rickey Ramseur

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