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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 Daniel M. Ashe, 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 Daniel M. Ashe, 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 10, 2016 Yael Shimshon
Dec 10, 2016 Richard Petryk
Dec 10, 2016 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Dec 9, 2016 Anita Phillips I'm deeply ashamed for humanity
Dec 9, 2016 Carolina Cox
Dec 9, 2016 Stella Gambardella
Dec 9, 2016 Tracy Arcure
Dec 9, 2016 Elizabeth Bennett
Dec 9, 2016 Kerry Avenell
Dec 9, 2016 Lauri DesMarais
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Dec 9, 2016 debbie jaffe
Dec 9, 2016 Martine Smet
Dec 9, 2016 Sue S
Dec 9, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Dec 9, 2016 Dayna Slingland
Dec 8, 2016 Richard Bosboom
Dec 8, 2016 Yvonne Depuy
Dec 8, 2016 DONNA WARNER
Dec 8, 2016 Theresa M Boisseau
Dec 8, 2016 Shannon Sicocan
Dec 8, 2016 Virginia Kurtz
Dec 8, 2016 Jordi Estruells
Dec 8, 2016 Monica Hymer
Dec 8, 2016 Linda Gioia
Dec 8, 2016 Lesley Freeman
Dec 8, 2016 Judith Brown
Dec 8, 2016 Robert Thornhill
Dec 8, 2016 Esther Mooncrest
Dec 8, 2016 Barbara Martin
Dec 8, 2016 Rick Morales
Dec 8, 2016 Stacey Bowman
Dec 8, 2016 Lisa Margraf
Dec 8, 2016 Linda Curtiss
Dec 8, 2016 Leigh Ann Nash I despise trapping and those who do it because it is extremely inhumane. With that being said, I feel the animals who have been tortured by these devices would feel justified if their torturer were subjected to the same horrific pain.
Dec 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2016 Doris Bulenda
Dec 8, 2016 christine burgess
Dec 8, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Dec 8, 2016 Donna D Varcoe
Dec 8, 2016 DIANE KASTEL 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. Leg and foot hold traps are banned in over 80 countries, and only 8 states.
Dec 8, 2016 Ronald McClure
Dec 8, 2016 Karen and Joe Lansdale
Dec 8, 2016 Marie Marcantonio Have a HEART...have a CONSCIENCE - completely ban leghold and foothold traps!!!
Dec 8, 2016 Kalliope M.
Dec 8, 2016 Pamela Westgate
Dec 8, 2016 chris brazis
Dec 8, 2016 Rhonda Spencer
Dec 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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