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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


Sep 19, 2017 Maggie Alk
Sep 19, 2017 Susan Walsh
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 cj jensen
Sep 16, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Sep 16, 2017 Joanne Raby
Sep 16, 2017 Benita Deere-Koch
Sep 15, 2017 Ladonna Courey
Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Sep 13, 2017 Lois Freeman
Sep 13, 2017 Mary Galiani
Sep 13, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Sep 13, 2017 Vera Camarinha
Sep 13, 2017 lisa fields DON'T USE THESE TRAPS!!
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Melissa Miller
Sep 13, 2017 Valerie Holmes
Sep 13, 2017 Marge Schwartz
Sep 12, 2017 Betty Croak
Sep 12, 2017 Cristina Puiggròs
Sep 11, 2017 Melody Smith
Sep 11, 2017 Josy Canova
Sep 11, 2017 Martin Olsson
Sep 11, 2017 Nafsika Tentokali
Sep 11, 2017 Arlene Ruksza-Lenz
Sep 11, 2017 m welker End it!
Sep 11, 2017 DRUE CALI
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 8, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 7, 2017 Candi Gaona
Sep 7, 2017 Jacqueline Deuel-Sagaert
Sep 7, 2017 TERESA BOWMAN STOP the needless PAIN!!!!! This is 2017 people, not the early 1900's~ we have humane ways of doing anything!!!!!!
Sep 7, 2017 Sherry Spurling
Sep 6, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Raleigh koritz
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Tami Lukachy
Sep 6, 2017 Chris Silcox The use of these traps is disgusting and needs to be be outlawed.
Sep 6, 2017 Ashlee Godin
Sep 6, 2017 Debra Yanke
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 cathy minshall
Sep 6, 2017 Richard Han

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