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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


Jan 19, 2018 Alison Thomson Stop this cruel practice now
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) The evolution of man leaves a lot to be desired. Please stop this cruel and barbaric behaviour. That is based on oh let’s see. MONEY. Man is the worlds worst enemy.
Jan 19, 2018 Raquel Guevara Please ban this practice
Jan 19, 2018 Donna Walters
Jan 19, 2018 Dwight Kennedy
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Cruel and disgusting
Jan 19, 2018 Beth Day Please - stop this totally inhumane practice! In today's world, there is absolutely no reason to trap wild animals. If people need the money, they should be encouraged to raise and farm them, just as we farm cattle and sheep. Stop this today!!!!
Jan 19, 2018 Patricia Walker
Jan 19, 2018 Virginia Scott
Jan 19, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Maria Twaddle Twaddle
Jan 19, 2018 Heidi Wollum
Jan 19, 2018 Lillian Chancey Other countries (>80) are leaving us in the dust re: our not being with the times. Why must we insist on being barbarians (leg traps!), when we're supposedly so smart, with such good schools, and so much technology? It's humiliating and needs to stop!
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Jamaka Petzak
Jan 19, 2018 Debbie Bontrager Disgraceful to allow any type of hunting/traps!
Jan 19, 2018 Sharon Mueller I have signed petitions before and yet this barbaric practice never seems to end. Please put an end to this torture of Gods creatures.
Jan 19, 2018 Michaela Guenter This must stop. Now.
Jan 19, 2018 Rita Prell
Jan 19, 2018 Jean Nowak
Jan 19, 2018 Joyce Bekofske
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Maydell Veronie
Jan 19, 2018 Robin Parker
Jan 19, 2018 Addie Ulmer
Jan 19, 2018 Melissa White Trapping is cruel. A practice that has no way to prevent the wrong animal from becoming its victim. The victim is in pain for an unknown duration of time. There is no fairness in this act. Hunting is a skill.
Jan 19, 2018 Patti Gee
Jan 19, 2018 Ruth Burgener
Jan 19, 2018 Linda Davenport Please end this barbaric practice and allow wild/domestic animals to live out their lives free from human harm.
Jan 19, 2018 Elayna Kotsaftis
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Let's all try to eliminate cruelty from this earth.
Jan 19, 2018 Michael Furia
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 joan mcintosh FUR BELONGS ON AN ANIMALS BACK NOT ON A HUMANS BACK
Jan 19, 2018 Adriane Day
Jan 19, 2018 Clare Paskiet
Jan 18, 2018 Tammie Winburn
Jan 18, 2018 Karen White These traps are barbaric. Is it really necessary for us to open display our backward attitudes to other living creatures? Get rid of these traps in all 50 states!
Jan 18, 2018 Anne Grice This barbaric contraption has no place in a civilised world unless you want to continue to live in cages!
Jan 18, 2018 Richard Downey Please outlaw the use of leg hold and foothold traps.
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Kerry Christy Evolve people , this is the most horrific form of suffering and torture
Jan 18, 2018 Nikki Sherwood
Jan 18, 2018 J.J. OLLAR BAN THE TRAPS-----
Jan 18, 2018 sharon hesford
Jan 18, 2018 Chris Lindsey
Jan 18, 2018 Petra Kreuzer
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez

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