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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 23, 2017 Ann Dunlap
Apr 23, 2017 CC Carty
Apr 23, 2017 Joan Woods
Apr 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Apr 23, 2017 Lucilla Bellucci
Apr 23, 2017 Elvira Trebesius
Apr 23, 2017 Carol Dauria
Apr 22, 2017 Danielle Schultz Stop this horrible trapping
Apr 22, 2017 joss gallagher
Apr 21, 2017 Nicholas Lee
Apr 21, 2017 Debra Lamb
Apr 21, 2017 Lauren Lunde These traps are inhumane and has been banned in many countries around the world so why are they allowed to be used in the United States? How horrible!
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Trapping is beyond cruel and barbaric.
Apr 21, 2017 Tuija Salonen
Apr 20, 2017 Lee Hamilton
Apr 20, 2017 Maria Tomar
Apr 20, 2017 Thomas Böhm
Apr 20, 2017 Dari Langone
Apr 20, 2017 Laura Wesley
Apr 20, 2017 Tans Tans
Apr 20, 2017 diana bryant
Apr 20, 2017 toulla hadjinicola
Apr 20, 2017 Christina Klein
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Patricia Felice
Apr 20, 2017 SANDRA MURRAY IT'S IN THE DARK AGES AND BARBARIC
Apr 20, 2017 Jill Simodynes
Apr 20, 2017 victor sonkin
Apr 20, 2017 gloria percy
Apr 19, 2017 Tess Graves
Apr 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2017 Mauro Raffaelli
Apr 19, 2017 Coleen Nearing
Apr 19, 2017 Julie Tidball
Apr 19, 2017 David G. Laramie
Apr 19, 2017 Tracy Moyle
Apr 19, 2017 Marilyn Law
Apr 19, 2017 Marie-louise Lloyd
Apr 19, 2017 chako t kohsaka
Apr 19, 2017 Alexey Tarasov
Apr 19, 2017 Cynthia Henley
Apr 19, 2017 colin redwood
Apr 19, 2017 Nicholas Harris
Apr 19, 2017 LUCY BEACH
Apr 18, 2017 VIRGIE FRICK
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2017 Makise Chika
Apr 17, 2017 sarah craven This is SOOO cruel!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 17, 2017 Nanci Nydegger
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris

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