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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


Jun 25, 2017 Günay Aydogdu
Jun 25, 2017 Jeannette Dollive
Jun 25, 2017 Linda Pownall
Jun 25, 2017 Sheila Brown
Jun 25, 2017 PAM JONES
Jun 25, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 25, 2017 David Heath
Jun 25, 2017 Pauline Toni
Jun 25, 2017 Gunn Nesbø
Jun 25, 2017 Bernard Jean
Jun 25, 2017 andrew sulay
Jun 25, 2017 Liliána Tóth
Jun 25, 2017 Martina Wakl Actions speak louder than words
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Dijana Haseljic
Jun 25, 2017 Ulrike Lindner
Jun 25, 2017 Ridje Nanlal
Jun 25, 2017 Anita Feenstra
Jun 25, 2017 Ramona Ivanovic
Jun 25, 2017 hugo morandini
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Faith Ong
Jun 25, 2017 Vilma Baker
Jun 25, 2017 anna howes
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop these barbaric activities. If u wanna use traps use it on urself
Jun 25, 2017 Dimitra Tzima
Jun 25, 2017 Nick Petridis
Jun 25, 2017 Kathy Pluijm
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Tiberio Blömeke
Jun 25, 2017 Torsten Meyer
Jun 24, 2017 Mona Manera
Jun 24, 2017 TERRIER EVE MARIE
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 23, 2017 Lucia Sanford
Jun 23, 2017 Sue Ward
Jun 23, 2017 Teodora Vuković
Jun 23, 2017 Karen Heisler
Jun 23, 2017 Angela Thomas
Jun 22, 2017 Maria Prinsloo I am appalled that such cruelty can actually still be legal in most US states! No living being should be subject to such cruel, painful and traumatizing treatment.
Jun 22, 2017 Robin Abbott Barbaric and antiquated practice! What for! So creeps can wear endangered FUR coats! Get the spray paint out!
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Pamela Puskarich
Jun 21, 2017 lori nelson
Jun 20, 2017 Gordon Ralph
Jun 19, 2017 Anne Griffin
Jun 19, 2017 Dorothy Henry

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