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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