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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


May 24, 2017 Donna Donabella
May 24, 2017 Paola Ballanti
May 23, 2017 nadège carcanague
May 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2017 Carol Reider
May 23, 2017 Maureen Lienau
May 23, 2017 Alison Page
May 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 23, 2017 Lee Messina
May 23, 2017 Samantha Honowitz
May 23, 2017 Katie Stewart
May 23, 2017 Denis Cole
May 23, 2017 Stacey Olphin
May 23, 2017 Valeria Cervellati
May 23, 2017 DOLORES MORENO
May 22, 2017 Susan Hogarth
May 22, 2017 Kay Minkler
May 22, 2017 Barbara Noble
May 22, 2017 monica bayles
May 22, 2017 Daphne Lawton
May 22, 2017 Rosalie Sable
May 22, 2017 Geoffrey Frank
May 22, 2017 Barbara Guedes
May 22, 2017 Linda Phelan
May 22, 2017 Jim Pech
May 22, 2017 Brian Keith
May 22, 2017 Sue Poriazis
May 21, 2017 Rosanna Mannu
May 21, 2017 Vanessa Evans
May 21, 2017 Cathy Reynolds
May 21, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
May 21, 2017 Carol Wolf Steel traps are barbaric---- stop
May 21, 2017 Devin Miller
May 21, 2017 Teresa Barrett These cruel, archaic practices need to stop. These traps inflict enormous, unnecessary pain and suffering. Please make it stop!!
May 21, 2017 anabela Mercado
May 21, 2017 cris reilly
May 21, 2017 Cathy Swanson Please!! We are a great country. These wild creatures are some of the greatest treasures we have!
May 21, 2017 Denise Pepler
May 21, 2017 Shauna Killen
May 21, 2017 Teresa Cefai
May 21, 2017 Dalila Luznar STOP WITH THIS SHIT NOW❗❗❗BAN TRAPPING NOW❗❗❗
May 21, 2017 Randy Decker Time to face the truth... this practice is the most cruel bruatal horror inflicted u0pon so many animals not just those who the trappers intend to kill. The terror and pain and self mutilation endured by these animals who are caught is beyond reckoning
May 21, 2017 Tomi McDonald
May 21, 2017 Jack Mahrt III
May 21, 2017 Jack Mahrt Jr.
May 21, 2017 Idelle Mahrt
May 21, 2017 Jack Mahrt
May 21, 2017 C. James
May 21, 2017 Megan Wood
May 21, 2017 Norma Sutcliffe

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