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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


Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 23, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Feb 23, 2018 A Martin
Feb 23, 2018 Lanette Rapp
Feb 23, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Feb 23, 2018 verona medhurst
Feb 23, 2018 Kathrine Farley
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Tanya Koester Foothold traps should be banned forever. No living creature should endure that kind of cruelty.
Feb 23, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Chris Montalbano
Feb 23, 2018 Janet Gattsek
Feb 23, 2018 emme g
Feb 22, 2018 Sandra Keswick
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 Laurie Kehl
Feb 20, 2018 Terri Robb
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 20, 2018 Jennifer Gaffney
Feb 19, 2018 Jacs Lamoureux
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Setsuko Maruki-Fox
Feb 19, 2018 melanie broussard
Feb 19, 2018 Linda Probeck
Feb 19, 2018 Vicki Parker
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Pat Parkin
Feb 19, 2018 Eric Maxwell
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Feb 19, 2018 Fabian Müller
Feb 18, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 18, 2018 Karen Cossu
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Howard Fleming
Feb 18, 2018 Jim Faulks
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Dankmeyer
Feb 17, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 17, 2018 kathy mcnally
Feb 17, 2018 Anuja Mukherjee
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Dana Norton
Feb 16, 2018 REBECCA AHLSTROM UNBELIEVABLE that this cruelty is not considered barbaric and thus outlawed! ALL JUST TERRIBLY WRONG!
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Jacqueline Schmidt
Feb 16, 2018 Tessa Hayward
Feb 16, 2018 Ken Wenzer

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