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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 23, 2018 Judy Moran
Jun 23, 2018 Debby VanSant Do NO HARM
Jun 21, 2018 deborah dodorico I hate people.....at least people who harm animals.....any animals.
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 21, 2018 Morena gambarelli
Jun 20, 2018 S Mendon
Jun 19, 2018 NADINE RITTER
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 17, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 14, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 12, 2018 Susie Gregory Please protect these magnificent animals.
Jun 12, 2018 Lee Johnston
Jun 12, 2018 Debbie Jackson We are sick that is what we all need to admit to!
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Maureen Dale
Jun 11, 2018 karen Moulder
Jun 11, 2018 Sheri Calfee Wearing real fur has lost its popularity. All means of trapping just for pelts and factory farms need to be abolished.
Jun 11, 2018 sophia lynne Canada Goose is a Canadian outdoor clothing company who uses real coyote fur as trim on the hoods of their parkas. Despite the fact that the majority of Canadians abhor the use of fur, Canada Goose actually celebrates the trapping and killing of wildlife
Jun 11, 2018 L Davis This is enough. Animals are not ours to hurt, use, kill, or eat. This form of suffering is beyond the pale & must be stopped. Especially by the CanadaGoose who tortures coyotes. They trap, kill, skin and SELL YOU A COAT.
Jun 11, 2018 erica robertson We are alledgedly evolved. These traps poove we are barbarians, cruel, heartless, uncaring and inhumane.
Jun 11, 2018 Ellie Keenum
Jun 11, 2018 Robert Hornberger
Jun 11, 2018 Jürgen Becker
Jun 11, 2018 Richard Cassley
Jun 11, 2018 Laura Aarnio
Jun 10, 2018 Beatriz Gomes
Jun 10, 2018 Kamila Priehodova
Jun 10, 2018 Marie - Louise Galliker
Jun 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2018 Margie Zalesak
Jun 10, 2018 Karen Drum
Jun 10, 2018 Alissa Nübel
Jun 10, 2018 Jeanne McInnes How to stop trappers: PUT A LEG HOLD TRAP ON THE TRAPPERS!!!! Then say bye bye.
Jun 10, 2018 Monika Epperlein
Jun 10, 2018 Keelyn Eggan
Jun 10, 2018 Gloria Howard
Jun 10, 2018 marie hanulak These traps are absolutely inhumane and unacceptable
Jun 9, 2018 Patricia Ford
Jun 9, 2018 Lorraine Patterson This horrific, barbaric instrument of torture desperately needs to be banned. The pain it inflicts is beyond description.
Jun 9, 2018 Maria Smith
Jun 9, 2018 susanne Linden
Jun 9, 2018 Becky Alke
Jun 9, 2018 Emily Davenport
Jun 8, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Tom Bolick
Jun 8, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Jun 8, 2018 Paula Cano
Jun 8, 2018 Shannon Leitner

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