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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


Oct 21, 2017 lisa weston bialy
Oct 21, 2017 Linda Utley
Oct 20, 2017 siska juliana
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Christina Brown
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 Allyson McPhaul
Oct 20, 2017 maryse fioramonti
Oct 20, 2017 chris small
Oct 19, 2017 Winifred Boyd “Whatever is hurtful to you, do not do to any other person.”
Oct 19, 2017 Ann Bertens
Oct 19, 2017 Stacy Schermerhorn
Oct 19, 2017 Tina Hookerbrown
Oct 19, 2017 Deborah Croft
Oct 19, 2017 Kathie Quisenberry
Oct 19, 2017 Dean OBrien
Oct 19, 2017 Carol Skusek Faux fur can be made to be just as soft as real animal fur without the inhumanity that goes into trapping these poor creatures! How terribly cruel!
Oct 19, 2017 Staci Anderson
Oct 19, 2017 Ruth Tabor
Oct 19, 2017 Barbara gale
Oct 19, 2017 Elizabeth Mullen
Oct 19, 2017 Tracy McCardle
Oct 19, 2017 Beth Reimel
Oct 19, 2017 Lisa Lolley
Oct 19, 2017 Carlyn Pruess
Oct 18, 2017 dana newsom
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2017 Helene Hebbel-Klose
Oct 16, 2017 Kelly Hahn
Oct 16, 2017 Gerti Schoen
Oct 16, 2017 Diane Webster
Oct 15, 2017 Jenn5 Reed
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Sharron Duthie
Oct 15, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 14, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 patrick driscoll re educate and provide resources to those who use poaching and trapping as a means of income...its the only way it's going to stop....
Oct 14, 2017 Don Wilson
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 Gigi Middlebrook
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Saba Alemayehu
Oct 10, 2017 Jean Galati
Oct 10, 2017 Roberta Cahill
Oct 10, 2017 Александр Михайлов
Oct 10, 2017 Paula Mattila

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