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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


May 28, 2017 Heather Shaffer
May 28, 2017 Kirsten Bilderaya
May 28, 2017 Debora Rankin
May 28, 2017 DANIEL DRIVER
May 28, 2017 Robin MIllis
May 28, 2017 Hazel Foster
May 28, 2017 Donna Medugno
May 28, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 28, 2017 Tammy King
May 28, 2017 Dennis Dougherty
May 28, 2017 butch moto
May 27, 2017 Stephanie Hermiston
May 27, 2017 Pauline Parkin
May 27, 2017 Susan Vesey
May 27, 2017 Lynda Kerr
May 27, 2017 Mary Ann Bates
May 27, 2017 mary mcbride there are no words horrendous barbaric practise how can you live with yourselves!!!!!
May 27, 2017 Wendy Johnson
May 27, 2017 Deb LeFort HORRIBLE!
May 26, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 26, 2017 Cindy Vanderwood
May 26, 2017 annette moolman End this cruelly!
May 26, 2017 Andrew Gill
May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2017 Viola White
May 25, 2017 Tina Havlik
May 25, 2017 Jill Kortright
May 25, 2017 Whitworth Cotten
May 25, 2017 Michael Torosian
May 25, 2017 Helen Torosian
May 25, 2017 Lesley Thomas
May 25, 2017 charles coulter
May 25, 2017 Marie-Jeanne Somville
May 25, 2017 Joan Pool
May 25, 2017 Steve Conrad
May 25, 2017 Joyce Barringer
May 25, 2017 Beverley Getzen This horrific practice must END! All 50 states must ban this terrible act.
May 25, 2017 Wera Meyer
May 24, 2017 Tammy Booker
May 24, 2017 Bea Kraft
May 24, 2017 Donna Donabella
May 24, 2017 Paola Ballanti
May 23, 2017 nadège carcanague
May 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2017 Carol Reider
May 23, 2017 Maureen Lienau
May 23, 2017 Alison Page
May 23, 2017 Lee Messina
May 23, 2017 Samantha Honowitz
May 23, 2017 Katie Stewart

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