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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


Jul 25, 2017 dana newsom
Jul 25, 2017 Kimberley Clack
Jul 25, 2017 Meggie Tryon
Jul 24, 2017 Yola Stavridou
Jul 24, 2017 Stacy Gold
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 23, 2017 nestor berazategui
Jul 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 Andrea Ravizzoni
Jul 23, 2017 Beate Auburn
Jul 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 Jolie Graf
Jul 23, 2017 Fabrice Le Boedec
Jul 23, 2017 FERRUCCIO Romeo
Jul 22, 2017 GERARD FABIANO
Jul 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2017 Christa Wilson
Jul 22, 2017 Anny Wulffers
Jul 22, 2017 FLORENTIN VELICU
Jul 22, 2017 Phillippa Hilsden
Jul 22, 2017 Scott Amis
Jul 22, 2017 Christine Ciempola
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Vivian Lieb
Jul 22, 2017 Nora Candas
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Pat Parkin
Jul 22, 2017 Georgia Shankel
Jul 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jul 21, 2017 Felipe Navarrete
Jul 21, 2017 Lisa Hearn Just awful, this must stop! In the future people will ask why on earth humans did nothing to protect what will be many wiped out species if we do nothing!
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Sharon Gillespie
Jul 20, 2017 Anne Powell
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 20, 2017 Jo-Anne Stevens
Jul 19, 2017 Stacy Owens
Jul 19, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Jul 19, 2017 Bonnie Koch
Jul 19, 2017 Tara Hanson Utterly appalling - STOP IT AND PROSECUTE ANYONE WHO COMMITS SUCH ATROCITIES.
Jul 19, 2017 Margriet Giel STOP THIS CRUELTY AGAINST ANIMALS NOW. THIS IS SO NOT DONE.
Jul 19, 2017 Lorraine Dumas
Jul 19, 2017 Sheila English
Jul 18, 2017 Deborah Papaleo
Jul 18, 2017 Mel Green
Jul 17, 2017 Sigrid Carter
Jul 17, 2017 Oliver Dykes This is completely barbaric - and appalling that the Land of the Free decided to follow some of the worst medieval cruelty from Europe. Most advanced countries banned these instruments of torture some years ago.
Jul 17, 2017 Oscar Landé
Jul 17, 2017 Linda Walker

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