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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


Mar 24, 2017 Bolly Maus
Mar 24, 2017 Maria Klein
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Brigitte Hecht
Mar 24, 2017 Frances La Grange
Mar 23, 2017 lori Gearhart
Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
Mar 23, 2017 David Friedman
Mar 23, 2017 Malaeru Mariana
Mar 23, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Mar 23, 2017 Frank Ehmke
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Kim Harris PLEASE STOP THIS HORRIFIC ANTIQUATED TRAPPING.“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” -Schopenhauer
Mar 23, 2017 Sue Magee
Mar 22, 2017 Kathy Healey
Mar 22, 2017 Sharon Helin
Mar 22, 2017 Wendy Mercante
Mar 22, 2017 Karolina Blecharczyk
Mar 22, 2017 Michel Collin
Mar 22, 2017 carole green
Mar 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Mar 21, 2017 Valerya Nikanorova
Mar 21, 2017 Kai Augustin
Mar 21, 2017 Melissa McTague
Mar 21, 2017 Kornelia Zupanc
Mar 21, 2017 Eva-Maria Haak
Mar 21, 2017 Sabine Mayr
Mar 21, 2017 Suzie Awad
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop the use of leg hold and foothold traps as they are inhumane and should be banned
Mar 21, 2017 hulya ciftci
Mar 21, 2017 Irene Souder-Coyle
Mar 21, 2017 MARION PACE
Mar 21, 2017 Claudia Neuhalfen
Mar 21, 2017 Betty Ann Altman
Mar 21, 2017 Terrill McMahon
Mar 21, 2017 Juanita-Natalie Offord
Mar 21, 2017 Violetta Hartmann
Mar 20, 2017 Sandra Ainsley
Mar 20, 2017 Brenda Trueblood
Mar 20, 2017 Birgit Fischer
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Gerlinde Holzer
Mar 20, 2017 Renate Ebrecht
Mar 20, 2017 Wolfgang Zang
Mar 20, 2017 Rosi Zang
Mar 20, 2017 Pia Heyn
Mar 20, 2017 William McMullin
Mar 20, 2017 Michelle Schmitt
Mar 20, 2017 Sheila Ward
Mar 20, 2017 RAYSA TAPIA

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