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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 29, 2017 Nicki Teixeira
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Teresa Vastola Please ban this outdated and inhumane practice. We as world leaders should set a better example. Thank you for listening.
Mar 29, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Mar 28, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 28, 2017 Rita Wolff
Mar 28, 2017 Ken Rudys
Mar 27, 2017 Patricia Harlow
Mar 27, 2017 Gail Whitfield
Mar 27, 2017 jeanmarie albert This is terrible!
Mar 27, 2017 angelika wegner
Mar 27, 2017 GENNY DOMEDI
Mar 26, 2017 Cinzia Moore
Mar 26, 2017 Karen Lowery As advanced as humans think they are, can they not figure out humane ways of trapping?
Mar 26, 2017 Yvonne Albrecht
Mar 26, 2017 Helen Clark This makes me sick to think of how inhumane this practice is.
Mar 25, 2017 Laurie Fisher
Mar 25, 2017 carolann lightcap
Mar 25, 2017 Len Hjelmeland Try having your leg clamped in a steel jaw, anchored to the ground, and sit there suffering and in pain until some monster comes along and finishes you off. THEN see how you feel about leg and foothold traps :-(
Mar 25, 2017 Olivia Bergner
Mar 25, 2017 Ruth Benschoter
Mar 25, 2017 Fay Tahmassbi
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 JANEL COHEN
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Donna Deese I know first hand how pathetically cruel this practice is, as my father did this to raccoons. He didn't know any better.... but we do! STOP THIS!!
Mar 25, 2017 jackie heaton
Mar 25, 2017 Alison Smith
Mar 24, 2017 Dadul Maharaj
Mar 24, 2017 Hanah Ramsey Wtf is really wrong with this nation. Sick twisted individuals. How would you like it if somebody did this to you? Very cruel
Mar 24, 2017 susan beattie
Mar 24, 2017 Bine Regensburger
Mar 24, 2017 Bolly Maus
Mar 24, 2017 Maria Klein
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Brigitte Hecht
Mar 24, 2017 Frances La Grange
Mar 23, 2017 lori Gearhart
Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
Mar 23, 2017 David Friedman
Mar 23, 2017 Malaeru Mariana
Mar 23, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Mar 23, 2017 Frank Ehmke
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Kim Harris PLEASE STOP THIS HORRIFIC ANTIQUATED TRAPPING.“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” -Schopenhauer
Mar 23, 2017 Sue Magee
Mar 22, 2017 Kathy Healey

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