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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


Aug 23, 2017 Gillian Lee
Aug 23, 2017 Jacqueline Manders
Aug 23, 2017 Katrina Farquharson
Aug 23, 2017 kathy humes this is barbaric and unfair should be illegal and punishable with high fines . all cruelty must end
Aug 23, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Aug 22, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 22, 2017 Joan McKay
Aug 22, 2017 Avelina Pereira
Aug 22, 2017 David Young
Aug 22, 2017 Brenda Goldman Maybe in the 1700's. Maybe in the 1800's. Not in the 1900's. Definitely NOT in the 21st Century. End the leg hold trap NOW!
Aug 22, 2017 Paula Conoscenti
Aug 21, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Aug 20, 2017 Richard Delaney
Aug 20, 2017 Irene McCoy
Aug 19, 2017 tamatha hunter
Aug 19, 2017 isabel silva STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY
Aug 18, 2017 Terri Lynn Stop it, people! This is sick and I'm ashamed to be human.
Aug 18, 2017 sophia tarte
Aug 18, 2017 Elaine Faraci
Aug 18, 2017 Paul Zink Inhumane practice; needs to be stopped immediately.
Aug 18, 2017 Paula McCarty
Aug 18, 2017 Tina Hart
Aug 18, 2017 Apryl Mefford-Hemauer
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Penny Fleischman trapping is barbaric
Aug 15, 2017 Roger Brown 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.Do not allow this cruelty to continue!
Aug 15, 2017 Laurence Volbart
Aug 14, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 13, 2017 Heather Raftery
Aug 13, 2017 Francie Rawl
Aug 12, 2017 Wendy Kasprzyk
Aug 11, 2017 Barbara J Anderson
Aug 11, 2017 Karen Vollmar
Aug 10, 2017 susan chapman
Aug 10, 2017 Ashley Wang
Aug 10, 2017 Andrea Haag
Aug 10, 2017 jeff harteam
Aug 10, 2017 Sophie Dahavarian
Aug 10, 2017 Valérie THOMERT
Aug 9, 2017 Roxie Pranger How inhumane - wonder what it would be like if the animals/ocean creatures could turn the tables!!??
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2017 PATRICIA ARCHER God created Adam to take care of his animals, not keep them captive for human entertainment, nor abuse, torture, eat or kill them. The Bible commands us to take care of the animals under our care. God owns all the animals on the planet.
Aug 8, 2017 Lora Zeis
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 8, 2017 Gertruida Wessels Please help us help those who cannot speak out for themselves by signing this petition.
Aug 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 8, 2017 whitney hendrix
Aug 8, 2017 Anita Kuhn
Aug 7, 2017 Justine Boneberg
Aug 7, 2017 Jose de Arteaga

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