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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


Sep 19, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 19, 2017 Carolina Costa
Sep 19, 2017 Debra Carter
Sep 18, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 18, 2017 Bonnie Svec
Sep 18, 2017 Karin Anderson These traps are SO SO SO CRUEL Animals caught in them will chew their own legs off
Sep 18, 2017 Terri Graves
Sep 17, 2017 Ann Watson
Sep 17, 2017 Yvonne KERHERVE
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 13, 2017 Lissa Michaeli
Sep 13, 2017 Shirley Ellsworth This trapping is inhumane and not worthy of any human being who thinks of himself or herself as God's highest creation. Stop it now! There must be federal legislation banning the practice throughout this country , so it's your job to make it happen!
Sep 12, 2017 Sally Wise Trapping is barbaric. As a modern society, we've grown beyond this cruelty.
Sep 12, 2017 Laura Clem
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia
Sep 9, 2017 Melanie Marshall
Sep 8, 2017 Adrienne Friederich Put your leg or arm in the steel-jaw leg hold trap and see how you feel. Would you chew off your arm and leg? What would you do?
Sep 7, 2017 Lane Page
Sep 7, 2017 Donna Channen
Sep 7, 2017 Robert .
Sep 7, 2017 Denise Griffin This is truly a coward's way of catching an animal. No trap should ever be used trying to catch an animal. It is not only a horrifying way for an animal to die, but it also endangers humans and pets.
Sep 7, 2017 Pamela Dugan
Sep 7, 2017 Pa,ela Dugan
Sep 7, 2017 Rebecca Schedler When are you finally going to do the humane thing are ban this as they have in so many other places?? What the hell is the matter with you people?!!
Sep 7, 2017 Patti Thomas STOP THIS INHUMANE PRACTICE!!!!! VERY, VERY, VERY SAD!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 7, 2017 deanna Nellis
Sep 7, 2017 Cheryl Ellis
Sep 7, 2017 Mary Cellini
Sep 7, 2017 Elizabeth Livengood
Sep 7, 2017 Kristin Cucolo
Sep 7, 2017 Alice Rondeau
Sep 7, 2017 Charlene Agostinho Shame on this barbaric trapping of these beautiful animals. God Bless the animals!
Sep 7, 2017 Kaydee Lewis
Sep 7, 2017 joanne denti
Sep 7, 2017 James Williamson
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2017 donna selquist
Sep 7, 2017 Daniel Kaula
Sep 7, 2017 D Dillon
Sep 7, 2017 Leslie Solook
Sep 7, 2017 Karla Faulkner
Sep 7, 2017 Wayne Swiers An animal's pain and suffering cannot be justified or rationalized. Stop this barbaric practice NOW!
Sep 7, 2017 Chloé Espinasse
Sep 7, 2017 DEBRA PADOVANO
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Leg traps should be banned worldwide. I've been signing petitions like this for years - let's ban their use now. It's time for the government to listen and stop the cruelty.
Sep 7, 2017 Patricia Prodromides Stop this horrific trapping..beyong cruel.
Sep 7, 2017 Richelle Kogan
Sep 7, 2017 Robert Furem

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