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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


Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Tiia Pitkänen
Aug 15, 2018 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Aug 15, 2018 debbie ubnoske
Aug 15, 2018 Jessica O'Neal Barbaric.
Aug 14, 2018 Alanna Maurina
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Aug 14, 2018 avis lyons
Aug 13, 2018 Anne Wolfenbarger
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 David Sickles
Aug 13, 2018 Iris López
Aug 13, 2018 Carolyn Wood
Aug 13, 2018 Elaine Coburn Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace. ALBERT SCHWEITZER
Aug 13, 2018 kelly white
Aug 13, 2018 Robyn Nicholson
Aug 13, 2018 Robert Stroud
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Sharon Funk
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 7, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 5, 2018 Andrea Hirschhorn
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 4, 2018 Cherlyn Underwood This is cruel, heartless and must be stopped immediately .
Aug 4, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 3, 2018 Janet Roberts Said it before, keg hold traps are cruel, inhumane and often catch prey not intended. It's wasteful of wildlife, many trappers don't patrol traps in timely manner and animals suffer longer than is necessary. Trappers set wherever they want!
Aug 3, 2018 tamyra Basinger
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Wendy King This is despicable and must stop now, where is the fairness in this? Despicable! Sign now! Today!!
Aug 3, 2018 Edy Soto
Aug 2, 2018 Rebecca Kellerman
Aug 1, 2018 Leslie Mihara The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated. -Mohandas K Gandhi
Jul 31, 2018 Matthew Beville Needless unnecessary and deliberately inflicted pain and torture by a Human who knows better on a defenceless animal is an ULTIMATE crime against the peace and well-being of the future of all fearing and feeling beasts and it has to stop ASAP! Yes ASAP!
Jul 31, 2018 Ed Sherrow
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Linda Royster
Jul 30, 2018 Patricia Greathouse
Jul 30, 2018 Teresa Middel
Jul 30, 2018 Melissa Goldsmith Trap the trappers instead!
Jul 30, 2018 Charles Jacobsen

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