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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


Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2018 giulia mori
Apr 23, 2018 Cynthia Ballard
Apr 23, 2018 Heidi Becker-Elpert
Apr 20, 2018 Beth Ely There is no need for cruelty . There shouldn't be any traps of any kind. There should be no room in any society for inhumane treatment. Animals have no voice I am a voice for them.
Apr 20, 2018 Judy McGuckin Unacceptable
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Donna Crane
Apr 15, 2018 Alicia Mena
Apr 14, 2018 serena Bartolozzi
Apr 14, 2018 Chase Holton
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
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Apr 10, 2018 Jill Madden
Apr 9, 2018 Jutta Taraniuk
Apr 7, 2018 Sandra Pocholec
Apr 7, 2018 lorena cox
Apr 7, 2018 faye munro
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Apr 7, 2018 Marian Willem
Apr 7, 2018 Ulrike Buscato
Apr 7, 2018 Mary Royer
Apr 6, 2018 Fawn Gustafson
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Geise
Apr 6, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
Apr 6, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Apr 6, 2018 Lois Battersby
Apr 6, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Apr 5, 2018 EVE TERRIER
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
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Apr 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
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Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 5, 2018 Alma Spaulding
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Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 3, 2018 Chris Severi
Apr 2, 2018 peter treasure
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 2, 2018 susan shawket
Apr 2, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Mar 31, 2018 Dawn Hubbard
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 30, 2018 Mary Smith

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