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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


Jul 17, 2018 Jean Diamond
Jul 17, 2018 erin craig
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Stéphanie MONCADE
Jul 17, 2018 Peggy Mahle
Jul 17, 2018 Marisol Ackerman
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Rachel Wilke
Jul 17, 2018 Alison Krampetz
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Martine Tramson
Jul 17, 2018 C Bereckis
Jul 17, 2018 Candace Funk
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 17, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 17, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 17, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 16, 2018 philippe TURPIN
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 11, 2018 Celina Fiorino
Jul 8, 2018 Brenda Cunningham
Jul 1, 2018 Nancy Glynn
Jul 1, 2018 PERLLIE SULIT
Jun 30, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Jun 30, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 30, 2018 Mariejo Janssen
Jun 30, 2018 Kristina Holloway
Jun 30, 2018 NICOLE TRAVERS
Jun 29, 2018 Hayley-Rose Stirling
Jun 29, 2018 barbara nohrenberg trapping and hunting is barbaric and people now are only doing this for a fun time!!!!! Not necessary anymore and is horrible and inhumane. These animals have a right to live in peace not in pieces
Jun 29, 2018 mina rosen
Jun 29, 2018 Olga Salinas
Jun 29, 2018 Soňa Vokurková
Jun 28, 2018 Gracie Wagner
Jun 28, 2018 Lynne Holt
Jun 28, 2018 M. Lusson
Jun 27, 2018 Mikaela Karjalainen
Jun 25, 2018 Andrea Albu
Jun 24, 2018 pete gunning
Jun 24, 2018 Najma Cole
Jun 22, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Dominique Mas
Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 21, 2018 J L
Jun 21, 2018 Carol Smith Help us stop this madness.

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