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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 25, 2017 Eileen Wunderlich
Mar 25, 2017 Jana Gallova
Mar 25, 2017 Christina Truong Animals need help!
Mar 25, 2017 Brenda Dumont
Mar 25, 2017 Cathryn Moore
Mar 25, 2017 Jamie Butler
Mar 25, 2017 Ruth Price Please end this horrible practice.
Mar 25, 2017 Jim Spooner
Mar 25, 2017 cheryl kaake
Mar 25, 2017 Donna Boguslav
Mar 25, 2017 Victoria Parshall Here money is a consideration - money for the furs. The GOP seem bent on increasing pockets of their lobbyists vs having any care about animals.
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Lynne Elmer
Mar 25, 2017 Nancy Polka
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 corinne nygren
Mar 24, 2017 Carla Crespo
Mar 24, 2017 Sophie Boivin
Mar 24, 2017 Lisa Brehm
Mar 24, 2017 rae gold pls stop hurting animals. it breaks my heart
Mar 24, 2017 Nora Etkin
Mar 24, 2017 Susan Knieriemen Disgusting, inhuman and inhumane. We are an embarrassment as a species.
Mar 24, 2017 Jacqueline Geoffroy
Mar 24, 2017 Stephanie Smith
Mar 24, 2017 Laura Sayne
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Melissa Durante
Mar 24, 2017 Sheila Dewey
Mar 24, 2017 Cecilia MacIntyre Stop leg hold traps. They are inhumane and cruel. Stop please...
Mar 24, 2017 Susan Carman
Mar 24, 2017 kayla craft
Mar 24, 2017 matthew robinson
Mar 24, 2017 Alyson Samson
Mar 24, 2017 D Dotson This is unforgivable that we haven't banned this long ago. please make this a criminal act.
Mar 24, 2017 Linda Greco This is absolutely awful. Please stop this cruelty!
Mar 24, 2017 Karen Hershey This practice needs to be banned world-wide. No one needs to wear fur. Stop torturing innocent animals. they were put on this earth for a reason, not for humans to destroy. Eighty countries banned the trap and only eight US states? What's wrong here?
Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 24, 2017 Tanja Schacht
Mar 24, 2017 Sue King
Mar 24, 2017 angélique sebban
Mar 24, 2017 Deanna R Burger These traps should have been banned 100 years ago. Killing animals for fur should be banned the world over. We do not need to wear fur,.
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Rhonda Francis
Mar 23, 2017 Annemie MAES
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Marlin Henderson I cannot believe that in this day and time that this type of cruelty has not been outlawed and fines/jail time assessed against people who use these kinds of traps! They need to be outlawed!

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