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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


May 22, 2018 sharon isern It is time to start respecting the lives of earth's treasures.
May 22, 2018 Viviane tits
May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Penelope DeCoster
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Leg hold traps are on the same level as the death camps of the Nazi's. Talk about cruel and inhumane. We suppose to be civilized, let's act like we are.
May 21, 2018 Craig Hiler Trappers are vile. Trapping is barbaric cruelty
May 21, 2018 Nick Ross This is a sick practice.
May 21, 2018 Amy Plamann
May 21, 2018 Nicole VERBIST
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 BÉATRICE SILVESTRE
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Beverly Brzycki
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) This practice is barbaric, cruel, and unnecessary!
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 Brandy Litton
May 20, 2018 Charlene Thomas I'm totally for the health and welfare for animals
May 20, 2018 Supatra Watanavorakitkul
May 20, 2018 Cathy Fuller Trapping is the most horrendous form of hunting that there is & is cruel torture!! It needs to be stopped!!I personally believe that all hunting & trapping should be stopped as 2/3 of ALL wildlife will be gone by the year 2020 unless we STOP it now
May 20, 2018 Cynthia Martin
May 20, 2018 Pat Brzycki
May 20, 2018 Susan Breckenridge
May 20, 2018 Wendy Ladd
May 20, 2018 Angela Brady
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Jodi Oliver
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Deborah Craven
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Leslie Hartmann
May 19, 2018 mika santos
May 19, 2018 Alice Dows
May 19, 2018 Celeste Bomar
May 19, 2018 Kelly McPherson
May 19, 2018 Firth Bower stop being mean to animals please xoxoxox
May 19, 2018 William Dewberry
May 19, 2018 Judi Ernst
May 19, 2018 Dana Adams I believe some of these animals people just want an excuse to hunt. Leave the bobcat alone.
May 19, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 19, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Laura Gustoson More unintelligent human cruelty. It makes hell on Earth!
May 18, 2018 patty langford STOP KILLING WILDLIFE!
May 18, 2018 KATHLEEN MICHAELS HELP BAN CRUELTY - THE TRAP!!!!!!!!!!
May 18, 2018 Mona Huynh
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Mary Krenke

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