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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


Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Foot hold trapping is an atrocity, cruel and unnecessary. Please help to stop this now. Thank you.
Apr 26, 2017 Sana Jamil
Apr 26, 2017 Mandy Sainsbury
Apr 26, 2017 Susan Hahn
Apr 26, 2017 carolyn edgecomb
Apr 26, 2017 Rebecca Pois Barbaric!
Apr 26, 2017 Linda Greene
Apr 26, 2017 Aegina Barnes
Apr 26, 2017 KATE STEELE
Apr 26, 2017 Jennifer Willyard
Apr 26, 2017 paula carlson
Apr 26, 2017 Linda Boone
Apr 26, 2017 Robert Okroi From beasts we scorn as soulless, In forest, field and den, The cry goes up to witness The soullessness of men. ~M. Frida Hartley
Apr 26, 2017 Olena Tsygankova
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Catherine Ayoub
Apr 26, 2017 Allison Pierce
Apr 26, 2017 Carol Smith
Apr 26, 2017 Michele Anthony
Apr 26, 2017 David Mowry
Apr 26, 2017 Katherine Carlisle I have witnessed an animal die this way and it is inhumane.
Apr 26, 2017 Linda DeLaquil
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please end this cruel practice!
Apr 26, 2017 Jerri Love
Apr 26, 2017 Jenny Lee
Apr 26, 2017 MW Foong
Apr 26, 2017 HM Lee
Apr 26, 2017 Anna Chew
Apr 26, 2017 michelle foong
Apr 26, 2017 Maria Hamilton
Apr 26, 2017 Caren Shiloh
Apr 26, 2017 Vlado Gasperov
Apr 26, 2017 Debra Jones
Apr 26, 2017 K. Allen There is absolutely no excuse for this type of cruelty to any animal.
Apr 26, 2017 Leslee Nicholas
Apr 26, 2017 Robin McLain
Apr 26, 2017 Sharon Mccauley
Apr 26, 2017 Bill Stevens
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 C. Dulberg
Apr 26, 2017 Buford Staton
Apr 26, 2017 C R Plz use other methods of trapping animals. I can only imagine the pain and fear they feel.
Apr 26, 2017 Jason Green
Apr 26, 2017 Carole Maclure All foot hold traps should be banned on federal lands now! They are barbaric and unnecessarily cruel.
Apr 26, 2017 Marisa Herrera
Apr 26, 2017 Kristin Usher
Apr 26, 2017 Sce' Elise
Apr 26, 2017 Elauna Patterson
Apr 26, 2017 Susan Gregoric
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is so barbaric. Stop!

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