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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 17, 2017 Penelope Allingham
Oct 17, 2017 Lulu LaRocca
Oct 17, 2017 celia perigord
Oct 16, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 16, 2017 Colin Maddock Please, such cruelty must stop.
Oct 16, 2017 marina danilova
Oct 16, 2017 Joyce and Doug Dillenberger This is obscene. The market for furs has declined significantly but the idea of "trappin' varmints" continues. This is cruel, inhumane and unnecessary. And it needs to STOP!
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 16, 2017 Gabor Horvath
Oct 16, 2017 Astrid Süßbrich
Oct 15, 2017 marci plant
Oct 14, 2017 Tracy Schalk
Oct 14, 2017 celia perigord
Oct 14, 2017 Kate Bernhart
Oct 14, 2017 Rita Council
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Brycelyn Pirtle
Oct 13, 2017 Judith Hazelton
Oct 13, 2017 Kristina Fedorov
Oct 13, 2017 amrita biswas
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Patti Johnson
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Oct 13, 2017 María Jose Saenz
Oct 13, 2017 Karen Hurst
Oct 13, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 13, 2017 theresa garcia I can not fathom this...people who do this are monsters!!!
Oct 13, 2017 Tiziana Dordoni
Oct 13, 2017 thomas wegner
Oct 13, 2017 Athina Peter
Oct 13, 2017 Maria Bradley
Oct 13, 2017 Gabriela Gurdziel
Oct 12, 2017 Chandra Gosain In humane this practice must be stopped and banned. Be kind and mindful to all life forms.
Oct 12, 2017 Dawn Purney
Oct 12, 2017 Petra Hegenscheidt
Oct 12, 2017 Nancy Parks-Smith Please stop this horrific practice!
Oct 12, 2017 Lorraine Kittner
Oct 12, 2017 Bonnie Spangenberg
Oct 11, 2017 Susan Hildreth
Oct 11, 2017 Iris Sinai
Oct 11, 2017 Debora Johannsen
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Rise and Shine Veterans call your Senators and Representative contact Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Disabled Benefit Law who is 100 percent service connected get the G4implants for free because their is not one works for a Veteran Medical Center.
Oct 10, 2017 Annette Thompson
Oct 10, 2017 Teresa Rudnik
Oct 10, 2017 Betty Banham
Oct 10, 2017 Antonia Vassila How about holding YOUR leg in a trap you idiots, heartless politicians?
Oct 9, 2017 Kat Raisky
Oct 9, 2017 Corrie neef

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