Ban Cruel Steel Jaw Leghold Traps

Fox caught in steel jaw leghold trap

Target: President of the United States Barack Obama

Goal: Ban the use of cruel steel jaw leghold traps in the United States

Designed to grasp an animal by the leg using spring-operated metal jaws, leghold traps are an incredibly barbaric hunting and trapping tool that threatens the lives of thousands of innocent animals each year. Birds, domesticated cats and dogs, and endangered species have all been unintentionally caught, tortured and killed by steel jaw leghold traps. These frightened animals have even gone so far as to chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape from the bloody traps. Sadly, even the small number of animals that are able to survive these painful traps suffer from damaged tendons and ligaments, crippling them and drastically decreasing their chances of survival in the wild.

Leghold traps have been banned in the United Kingdom since 1958, and nearly 100 other countries have followed suit by prohibiting the use of these inhumane traps. Animals in leghold traps suffer a slow, painful death as they gradually bleed out and become dehydrated. Because these traps are indiscriminate, non-target animals including endangered species and family pets are just as threatened as other “target” animals such as bears, beavers and coyotes.

By signing this petition, you will be urging the U.S. President to enforce a federal ban on steel jaw leghold traps, prohibiting their use in all 50 states and saving millions of animals from suffering a slow, tortuous death.


Dear President Obama,

I urge you to enforce a federal ban on barbaric and inhumane steel jaw leghold traps. These nasty mechanical devices torture and kill thousands of animals each year, including birds, domesticated cats and dogs, and endangered species that have all been unintentionally trapped. Frightened animals have been known to bite off their own limbs in an attempt to escape these painful traps. In the rare case that an animal does survive the leghold trap, its injuries are so severe that it can no longer live in the wild and must be euthanized.

These cruel traps have been outlawed in the United Kingdom since 1958, and nearly 100 other countries have followed suit on the grounds that leghold traps are indiscriminate and inhumane. Please do all that you can to enforce a federal ban steel jaw leghold traps and save millions of animals from torture and death.


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  1. So disgusted with the human race!!!!
    Let us do this to the people who do this and see how they feel!!!
    Every breathing thing has a soul!!!!! Please think before u act!

  2. Kathleen Engle says:

    We see this many times over here in Central Oregon where trappers are allowed to place traps for several months just out our back door in the National Forest. I’m willing to share the forest with trappers but those traps ought to be allowed only in the deep forest where the animals sought live and roam. There is no good argument to lay traps on the edges of the forest near trails everyone uses for recreation. Can’t we all share the forest with the animals? Frankly, I’m not in favor of any trapping anymore since it just isn’t necessary for human survival.

    • elaine irving-neaves says:

      traps should be banned altogether they are evil and barbaric,trappers should be trapped i them see how they feel about them then ! theres no excuse for cruelty non at all ! ! !

  3. Franca Menegon says:

    Quelli che sono contro la sperimentazione animale ma usano i farmaci.
    Quelli che ammazzerebbero un bambino per salvare un roditore.
    Quelli che se il bambino fosse il loro…?
    Quelli che “se ci estinguessimmo sarebbe un mondo migliore!”
    Quelli che però non cominciano per primi.
    Quelli che sono vivi grazie alla ricerca e se ne lamentano.
    Quelli che “fermiamo la vivisezione per salvare gli animali!”.
    Quelli che poi portano il cane dal veterinario.
    Quelli che la chiamano “vivisezione”.
    Quelli che con limone e peperoncino passa tutto, anche il cancro.
    Quelli che sanno come sostituire i test sugli animali ma non te lo possono dire.
    Quelli che le scoperte scientifiche “non ci risultano…”.
    Quelli che hanno le idee chiarissime ma non sanno come spiegarle.
    Quelli che hanno cominciato a rompere i coglioni da piccoli, non hanno ancora finito e ancora non sanno perché lo fanno.
    Quelli lì.
    Dove ci porteranno?

  4. WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nation says:

    This is 2014 A.D., not 1874!!
    These outdated “traditions” of the
    barbaric 19th Century (such as trapping)
    have no place in our modern world!!

  5. Brigitte Kiba says:

    I dont understand, what will you say Franca ???

  6. Paul Gabriel says:

    This is the most evel and no hurt to lett this beautiful baby to sufer like this .but we live in the world of monster .snd I realy hop that the BIG KARMA WILL HUNT THEM BACK BIG TIME THE CAN GO TO HELL ALL THOS MONSTER THAT THE ENJOYED TI HEART THOS BEAUTIFUL ANIMELS MAY GOD WILL BERN THEM IN HELL AMEN TO THAT

  7. How can a country like the USA think it is right to authorise the barbarity and obscenity of steel jawed leghold traps? The USA really is a 3rd world country in so many respects. It is almost unbelievable! Only human scum would think this is the right way to capture an animal.

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