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Ban leg hold traps in the United States
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Ban leg hold traps in the United States

    1. Jessica Nyquist
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Nyquist

      Colton, OR

Fur trappers will tell you that it is in their interest to catch only the species they are after, and that they have the skills to set traps that will only catch those species. The sad reality is that most traps are notoriously indiscriminate. Nooses designed to catch squirrels running along limbs may ensnare woodpeckers taking the same route, or a curious jay. Leghold traps or footsnares set for foxes may snap on the foot of a deer or a dog or anything else that steps on the trap. Baits meant for wolves are known to attract eagles, rare species such as wolverines, or other non-target animals. A companion dog out walking with her owner or a cat near a stream may suddenly be crushed by a Conibear trap set for muskrats. Even people, particularly curious children, can be caught or hurt by these traps.
Leg hold traps are cruel and inhumane. Animals that get caught in leg hold taps can suffer for days. Animals have been known to chew their leg off to try to get free from the trap. Oftentimes the victims suffer severe physical injury, psychological trauma, thirst, hypothermia, and predation.

Trappers have designed a class of "quick-kill" traps that supposedly kill instantly by slamming shut on an animal's body, crushing vital organs. Like all traps, they don't always work as planned, often with horrific results. The animal may enter a "quick-kill" trap the wrong way, and is partly crushed, and dies slowly. Snow and ice conditions can prevent proper closure. Aquatic mammals, like beavers, reflexively close off their air passages when submerged, and slowly suffocate while frantically trying to reach the surface, dying in terror without actually drowning.


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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Over 750 signatures

      Jessica Nyquist
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has signed. Were doing great. Let's keep the signatures coming.

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • cristina mura SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
      • almost 2 years ago


      • almost 2 years ago

      Leg-hold traps are very cruel to animals and the suffering they go threw as they slowly freeze to death, bleed out and chew there own legs off is cruelty at it worst. To then wander off to freeze to death, I ask you ..is that fair? ..What kind of sick world do we live in? Trapping animals, just so the rich can wear dead animals around there necks and on their backs ..shame on us humans. We are all GOD’s children, man and beastie together.

    • Mark Marrinan WYOMING, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because this kind of in-humane treatment of animals makes me want to puke........

    • Ann Fillmore REEDSPORT, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      On a nearby popular path, some idiot put coyote traps. My dog (years ago) and several others got caught. My dog, luckily, only had toes pinched. One small dog was killed. I called the state ranger to complain and he said SUCH TRAPS ON SUCH TRAILS WERE LEGAL. WHAT?!!! He, in fact, wanted to come get the trap to return to the trapper -- each trap had an ID # on it. I told him (smile here) I'd recycled it into the metals bin. All gone. He then said I should pay for it and I said -- not unless the guy will pay the vet bill. After all these years -- that's where it stands.

    • Deborah Shell MERRILLVILLE, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Animals are living creatures and as long as they are not bothering us we should leave them alone! Live and let live! How would you like to be in the position of this poor animal? Today this animal...tomorrow YOU.


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