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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 22, 2017 Maria Prinsloo I am appalled that such cruelty can actually still be legal in most US states! No living being should be subject to such cruel, painful and traumatizing treatment.
Jun 22, 2017 Robin Abbott Barbaric and antiquated practice! What for! So creeps can wear endangered FUR coats! Get the spray paint out!
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 21, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Pamela Puskarich
Jun 21, 2017 lori nelson
Jun 20, 2017 Gordon Ralph
Jun 19, 2017 Anne Griffin
Jun 19, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Jun 19, 2017 Barbara Miller
Jun 19, 2017 Cara Gregory
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2017 Floyd Grant
Jun 18, 2017 christina adkins
Jun 17, 2017 Paola Moretti
Jun 17, 2017 Donna Arnold We are not the same barbaric world we used to be, we don't have to be anymore. Compassion is what this world needs for animals and humans. We've gone to far.
Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 17, 2017 karen gillum
Jun 17, 2017 Dianna Alourdas
Jun 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) It's 2017. And we're still barbaric?
Jun 15, 2017 brent hale
Jun 15, 2017 Ileene Mark
Jun 14, 2017 Tammy Stephan
Jun 14, 2017 kathy sutter
Jun 14, 2017 Sylvanah Eagle
Jun 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2017 Michelle Neeson
Jun 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2017 Anne Smith
Jun 13, 2017 Monica Farinelli
Jun 13, 2017 Shayne O'Brien
Jun 13, 2017 tammy bullock
Jun 13, 2017 Yuliya Akselrod
Jun 13, 2017 pearl wheeler
Jun 12, 2017 Gayle Hann
Jun 12, 2017 julio montes
Jun 12, 2017 AMY KOMACK
Jun 12, 2017 Anita Tsutsunen
Jun 11, 2017 evi xanthopoulou
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Jun 11, 2017 Janis Millu
Jun 11, 2017 Michele Wilkinson
Jun 11, 2017 Lara Edelman
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Jun 10, 2017 Robin Thompson
Jun 10, 2017 Joanne Sager
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Jo Beatty

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