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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


Jun 20, 2018 Cheryl K. Wenberg
Jun 20, 2018 Stephen Collier
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Suzanne Ericsson
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 20, 2018 Lisa Young
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Angelique Mcclean
Jun 19, 2018 Susan Diller
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Maria Manzo
Jun 19, 2018 Lynne Goncalves
Jun 19, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 Vicki Hayes We don't live in the old west or 1700's. Leg hold traps should be banned and no longer made. Minimally, the USFWS can help prevent and stop the use of these traps by banning them and then prosecuting anyone found using them.
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 18, 2018 Carol De Hart
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Donna Pemberton
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Neveu Sophie
Jun 17, 2018 Cassie Alford
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 14, 2018 Sonia Santos
Jun 14, 2018 Michèle Trapasso
Jun 14, 2018 Anne Marie Piet
Jun 14, 2018 Chantal Eldridge
Jun 14, 2018 Cheryl Weaver
Jun 14, 2018 Nathalie WANGERMEZ NO to trapping animals
Jun 14, 2018 Adea Claude
Jun 14, 2018 Kumari Herath Animal abusres burn in Hell,,
Jun 14, 2018 Trish Young
Jun 14, 2018 Lorraine Cracknell
Jun 14, 2018 Séverine SORDET
Jun 14, 2018 jill phipps
Jun 13, 2018 Cathy Flynn
Jun 13, 2018 colin redwood
Jun 13, 2018 Jennifer Evans
Jun 13, 2018 Maralyn James
Jun 13, 2018 Valérie Paillard
Jun 13, 2018 Magali Jonet
Jun 13, 2018 penel renee
Jun 13, 2018 bernard tréguier
Jun 13, 2018 Luna Corta
Jun 13, 2018 Fabienne Cesaro
Jun 13, 2018 Marcy Chamblin
Jun 13, 2018 MADONIA Albert
Jun 13, 2018 Marie cécile Diakite

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