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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


Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 Sandra Herrera
Nov 22, 2017 sharon uzzle
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 deborah adatto
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles it's disgraceful that only 8 states have banned this horrific practice. Seriously is this the 1700s when it was the only kind of traps around? No so maybe we need to update our what of thinking!
Nov 22, 2017 Bethany Enomoto
Nov 22, 2017 Butch Moto I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THESE ASSHOLE TRAPPERS CAUGHT IN ONE OF THEIR OWN TRAPS... MAYBE THAT WOULD HELP STOP THEM
Nov 22, 2017 Carol Mellom
Nov 22, 2017 R Mathoorasingh
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 20, 2017 helen buchanan
Nov 20, 2017 Lucille Lietzau
Nov 19, 2017 Barb Wilkin
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Jose Bargueño
Nov 18, 2017 Catherine Despot
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 18, 2017 yolande haebich disgusting and cruel and needs to be banned. Now.
Nov 17, 2017 ANKE MICHELE STOBRAVA Absolutely barbaric.
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Marianne Grill
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 17, 2017 priscilla littmoden
Nov 16, 2017 Angela Kleis
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 guðmundur svavarsson
Nov 16, 2017 Maryanne Thompson
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Kelly Erwin
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Dillard
Nov 16, 2017 Karen McMurray
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Hubbs-Chang These should also be banned by the government's agencies as well. No one should be using these, for any reason.
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying This is nothing but cruelty, and it's currently LEGAL!
Nov 16, 2017 Andrew Gray
Nov 16, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Nov 16, 2017 melissa abers
Nov 16, 2017 Susan Jenkins
Nov 16, 2017 Becca Polka
Nov 15, 2017 Sophie Dahavarian
Nov 14, 2017 Janice Vakili
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Paige Warren
Nov 14, 2017 DAVID ORTIZ
Nov 14, 2017 Tracy Wood
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