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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 Daniel M. Ashe, 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 Daniel M. Ashe, 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 24, 2017 Toni Schaaf
Jan 24, 2017 Jesse Lambrecht
Jan 24, 2017 Carole O'Connor
Jan 24, 2017 Dagmara DeFilippo
Jan 24, 2017 Linda Hardeveld
Jan 24, 2017 Merton Parsons
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Jan 24, 2017 Jane Emad
Jan 24, 2017 Aída Schvartzman
Jan 24, 2017 Karen Deckel
Jan 24, 2017 Nevena Barberić
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Jan 24, 2017 Denis Siberdt
Jan 24, 2017 Teresa Cabrera
Jan 24, 2017 Anita Tuokko
Jan 24, 2017 Patrick Murphy
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Jan 24, 2017 Bruna Santin
Jan 24, 2017 Елена Бессонова
Jan 24, 2017 Carmen Valenzuela Stop the torture
Jan 24, 2017 Nella Taylor
Jan 24, 2017 PRITHA GHOSH
Jan 24, 2017 Marie-Christiane DURAND
Jan 24, 2017 Fernanda Rosa
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Jan 24, 2017 Alison Riley
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Jan 23, 2017 Sarah White
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Jan 23, 2017 Jane Murray
Jan 23, 2017 Bonnie Walsh
Jan 23, 2017 Lisa Stahl
Jan 23, 2017 Sudesh Prasad
Jan 23, 2017 April Shannon Please ban these horrible traps, they r hurting God's creatures. .
Jan 23, 2017 Lisa Sons

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