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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


Jul 22, 2017 diane applin
Jul 21, 2017 Marci Turner
Jul 21, 2017 Cindy Mekka
Jul 21, 2017 yvonne FOURGOUS
Jul 20, 2017 Cat Mailander
Jul 19, 2017 Crystal Wingert
Jul 19, 2017 Estella Edwards
Jul 19, 2017 Kelli Villis
Jul 18, 2017 Shelley Tsuji
Jul 18, 2017 claudia citton
Jul 18, 2017 Pamela Benton
Jul 18, 2017 Fred Bailes
Jul 18, 2017 Mike KASTNER
Jul 18, 2017 Taryn Geer
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2017 Madeline Von der Linden g
Jul 18, 2017 Helena Freeman
Jul 17, 2017 Leah Carson
Jul 16, 2017 chantal bieri
Jul 16, 2017 Sandra Williamson
Jul 16, 2017 Judith Carlson
Jul 16, 2017 Sevasti Kaziales
Jul 16, 2017 Misty Booth
Jul 16, 2017 Jirina Truneckova
Jul 15, 2017 Desari Erickson
Jul 15, 2017 Stephen Blakely
Jul 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) I really hope you politicians listen. This is a barbaric practice & not befitting to America!!Also, did you know that many pets are caught in these traps as well as wild animals??
Jul 15, 2017 Ko Ferrandes
Jul 14, 2017 Yeanette Menjivar
Jul 14, 2017 Deborah Holland
Jul 14, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Jul 14, 2017 Lydia Klimczuk
Jul 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 12, 2017 Jocalynn Lambert
Jul 11, 2017 Lisa Jackson
Jul 11, 2017 Paola DeCastro
Jul 11, 2017 Gabriel Corza
Jul 10, 2017 Rex De Silva
Jul 10, 2017 Michelle Dumar
Jul 10, 2017 Amy Knepper
Jul 10, 2017 Susan Smith
Jul 10, 2017 Joan Hise
Jul 10, 2017 SUE NUSBAUM
Jul 10, 2017 Carol Boyajian
Jul 10, 2017 Melody Lenz Stop the cruelty!!!
Jul 9, 2017 Lucia S.
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes lets help and defend and protect all kinds and all breeds and all types of animals against from all kinds and all types of animal cruelty and animal abuse because these poor animals needs our help people so lets help these animals against these savages
Jul 8, 2017 Tina Albrecht
Jul 8, 2017 Emily Bevins

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