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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


Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 19, 2018 Kelli Ulin
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 18, 2018 geraldine antierens
Apr 17, 2018 Mariana Schuman
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 15, 2018 Dianne Dungay
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Apr 15, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Apr 15, 2018 Beverly Mustaine
Apr 15, 2018 Cheryl Martin
Apr 15, 2018 Robert Zampino
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Kwiecinski
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 Aileen Glynn
Apr 14, 2018 Carol Rahim
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 Ankita Jain Gupta
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Fish
Apr 13, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Apr 13, 2018 Michael Howley People of the USA, you are better than this!
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Racquel Colinares
Apr 13, 2018 Theresa Simpson
Apr 13, 2018 Sheryl Precopia
Apr 13, 2018 Elaine Eudy
Apr 13, 2018 Dee Authier
Apr 13, 2018 Lisi Brown
Apr 13, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 13, 2018 fran doz
Apr 13, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 13, 2018 Joyce Coogan
Apr 13, 2018 Gabrielle Ferro
Apr 13, 2018 theresa sonia
Apr 13, 2018 Rose Serrano
Apr 13, 2018 Jeanne Silver
Apr 13, 2018 anthony roberts
Apr 13, 2018 Stacey Mcbride
Apr 13, 2018 Marilyn & Gord Harris
Apr 13, 2018 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Apr 13, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 13, 2018 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Apr 13, 2018 Kathy Snavely
Apr 13, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 12, 2018 Tara Schuneman

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