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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


Aug 17, 2018 Ronda Hightower
Aug 17, 2018 Tina Mitchell
Aug 17, 2018 Sherri Williams We are all animals and these barbaric traps are immoral please end the trap usage.
Aug 15, 2018 Diane Hightree
Aug 15, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 14, 2018 D Rader
Aug 13, 2018 Donna Holinej
Aug 12, 2018 Denise Setzke We are so above this type of thing. Please make it stop. Thank you.
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 crystalle sims
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 6, 2018 Denise Dynan
Aug 6, 2018 Summer Secrest this is terrorism and torture of animals for the sick, outdated cruel practice of trapping animals for human profit and ego. end this now.
Aug 5, 2018 Michele Appel
Aug 5, 2018 F Carroll It's time to end this barbaric practice. At this point, we need to be doing everything to SAVE and protect our wildlife, USFWS!
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Deanna Phillips
Aug 5, 2018 mags roy
Aug 5, 2018 Gina Chron
Aug 5, 2018 Marilyn Miravalles
Aug 5, 2018 Margaret Lees
Aug 5, 2018 Marcy Chamblin
Aug 4, 2018 Karin Lindberg
Aug 4, 2018 Liam Whitlock
Aug 4, 2018 George Blahun Jr
Aug 4, 2018 Annamarie Gschwend
Aug 4, 2018 Eric Stiff
Aug 4, 2018 Maria Bustamante How barbaric?!
Aug 4, 2018 Suzanne Marienau Despicable!
Aug 4, 2018 Marilyn Fox
Aug 4, 2018 Marilyn Graziano
Aug 4, 2018 Shirley Holman The appalling cruelty of these traps is not acceptable. GET THEM BANNED. Their use should invoke lengthy sentencing.
Aug 4, 2018 Lisa Barrett
Aug 4, 2018 Katherine Fulkerson The use of leghold traps is a disgrace to the human race. Further, the traps are a danger to ALL species, including pets and children. These horrible devices need to be banned, and all rules against them need to be stringently enforced.
Aug 3, 2018 Dolores Amato It is LONG PAST the time for this horribly cruel and painful practice to have been banned!
Aug 3, 2018 Robert E Lieder Jr
Aug 3, 2018 Kathleen DeMetz
Aug 3, 2018 Fran Fulwiler
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Beverly Johnston
Aug 3, 2018 Davi Parrish
Aug 3, 2018 Vicky Chan
Aug 3, 2018 Janette Osborne
Aug 3, 2018 Lynne Hynes
Aug 3, 2018 Lynne Pendergast
Aug 3, 2018 Jonetta Frasson
Aug 3, 2018 Margaret Beck
Aug 3, 2018 BARBARA HAIGES
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Mueller

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