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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 27, 2017 Tanya Taylor
Feb 27, 2017 Donald Moulton
Feb 27, 2017 Dubrava Elena
Feb 27, 2017 Jean Broyles Please ban this method of trapping in ALL of the United States.
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 Ann Mallow Please do what any civilized country does: outlaw leghold traps!
Feb 27, 2017 Elaine Dunn
Feb 27, 2017 beverly walton stop this insane crime,
Feb 27, 2017 Sheri Kuticka
Feb 27, 2017 Lorain MacDonald
Feb 27, 2017 Jane Heister
Feb 27, 2017 Patrick Sutardjo No harm to animals! Om Namah Shivayah.
Feb 27, 2017 mike henderson this practice should be banned in all 40 states and more countries. Please put an end to this inhumane and complete form of animal abuse!
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) I wonder how us so-called "humans" would like this to be done to them--and it should be done to those who use this barbaric trap.
Feb 27, 2017 Heidi Ray
Feb 27, 2017 Gail Capone
Feb 27, 2017 Nancy Woods
Feb 27, 2017 Jennifer Rhoads
Feb 27, 2017 John Langham Why do we persist in using these inhumane devices? Ban them now and forever!!!!!!
Feb 27, 2017 Mary Lannon
Feb 27, 2017 Hilma Wingard
Feb 27, 2017 Vivienne Graves Barbaric! No one needs to wear fur, there are many warmer choices.
Feb 27, 2017 Salvatore Delgaudio
Feb 27, 2017 katrien rabaey
Feb 27, 2017 Carol Jones
Feb 27, 2017 Barbara Franjevic
Feb 27, 2017 Alex Taylor Another reason not to support the US Fish & Wildlife Service!
Feb 27, 2017 Michael Reuther
Feb 27, 2017 Keith Wallbank There is no need to allow this outdated barbaric trap to be used. There are other traps which kill the animal instantly; these are the only type which should be used.
Feb 27, 2017 Lara Reid
Feb 27, 2017 Marilyn Weber
Feb 27, 2017 L Beale Fur trade/animal trapping should be outlawed totally : (
Feb 27, 2017 Jen Odom
Feb 27, 2017 Chanel Rains Safe these precious animals, traps are torcher because the animal will lose for sure a leg or more.
Feb 27, 2017 Tammy Barton
Feb 27, 2017 Magda Silva
Feb 27, 2017 Bonnie Beach Really.....can't we humans be more humane???
Feb 27, 2017 Deni Huffman
Feb 27, 2017 Kandy Wheelden
Feb 27, 2017 LISA AZIZ
Feb 27, 2017 Adam Marre
Feb 27, 2017 Annette Kypreos Please stop this awful practice.
Feb 27, 2017 Judith Gabriel I thought these traps were banned decades ago. I'm disgusted by this practice.
Feb 27, 2017 Kent Gray let's evolve into something better... the world is horrible enough without killing an animal in a painful and horrific manner...
Feb 27, 2017 jan kaplan
Feb 27, 2017 Sherry Goodyear These things are cruel and barbaric.
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 Ronald Guglielmino
Feb 27, 2017 Raymond Fennessy, Jr.
Feb 27, 2017 Dawn Bowers

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