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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


Mar 30, 2017 t g
Mar 30, 2017 david woodward
Mar 30, 2017 Amanda Clarke
Mar 30, 2017 Christina Pafitis
Mar 30, 2017 Kenneth Liesche
Mar 30, 2017 Jo Collins
Mar 30, 2017 David Ellis
Mar 30, 2017 Damir Tiljak
Mar 30, 2017 Connie Borg Bergquist
Mar 30, 2017 (Name not displayed) I beg! Please ban it!
Mar 30, 2017 Lorraine Isaacson
Mar 30, 2017 dalia domingos
Mar 30, 2017 T. B.
Mar 30, 2017 Marco Salustri
Mar 30, 2017 Georgina Smith
Mar 30, 2017 Shirley Rodgers Please, get rid of these horrible and Cruel traps. Any Wild animal does not deserve to suffer and be treated this way!!! Please, STOP THIS!!! :(
Mar 30, 2017 LINDA GUERRERO
Mar 29, 2017 Nancy Heß
Mar 29, 2017 carol bell
Mar 29, 2017 carol long
Mar 29, 2017 Linda Etsell
Mar 29, 2017 Terry Robinson
Mar 29, 2017 Tana Worthington
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Dee B
Mar 29, 2017 Cara Crowley
Mar 29, 2017 Donna Trueblood
Mar 29, 2017 Michele Maddox
Mar 29, 2017 Karen Amoroso
Mar 29, 2017 Lesley Campbell
Mar 29, 2017 theresa sanders
Mar 29, 2017 Sheila Bounds
Mar 29, 2017 Michelle Campbell
Mar 29, 2017 Judy McMullen It is high time humans stopped acting like barbarians!
Mar 29, 2017 Linda Camac There is nothing worse for a wild animal than being caught in a trap. Terror, starvation, dehydration, other predators, unable to reach their young, weather, and finally torture and death.
Mar 29, 2017 Karen Keenan Very cruel!
Mar 29, 2017 Diane Gubrud
Mar 29, 2017 sally gates
Mar 29, 2017 sue wadland
Mar 29, 2017 Matk Conkling
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Connie Burris
Mar 29, 2017 Frankie Mussallem
Mar 29, 2017 Tamara Sandusky
Mar 29, 2017 Diana Lobodzinska
Mar 29, 2017 LeeAnn McDonald
Mar 29, 2017 Diane Tullia
Mar 29, 2017 Carolyn Mcgeorge
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Carole Cornish

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