Ban Body-Crushing Traps That Paralyze And Kill Endangered Animals

Target: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Goal: Ban the use of body-gripping traps within areas protected under the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Many types of body-gripping traps are still widely available for commercial use throughout the U.S. These traps, which include conibear traps, snares, and steel-jaw leghold traps, work by crushing animals bones and holding them hostage until a trapper, hunter, or furbearer comes to retrieve them. Although body-gripping traps—such as conibear traps which are designed to snap an animal’s spinal cord—are meant to kill animals instantaneously and painlessly, they are often unreliable and typically animals die a slow, agonizing death. An animal could be stuck in one of these traps for days before being retrieved, subject to extreme hunger, dehydration, and psychological trauma, and vulnerable to predators. Some animals will even resort to chewing their own limbs off to try and escape the crushing, all-consuming pain.

These types of traps are responsible for the deaths of millions of animals each year. As they are nonselective and cannot be continuously monitored, they often catch and kill non-intended targets. This includes endangered animals, such as Bald Eagles and Mexican wolves, as well as companion animals that happen to take a misfortunate step.

Though these traps are banned in many states, they still remain largely under regulation. In 2021, a bill was introduced to the House of Representatives that, if passed, would end the use of these cruel, indiscriminate traps once and for all within areas protected under the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Animals do not deserve to suffer prolonged, torturous deaths. Sign this petition to end this archaic method of trapping.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Pelosi,

Body-gripping traps are a particularly cruel method of trapping wildlife and kill millions of innocent animals each year. These devices work by slamming shut onto helpless animals, often crushing bones or vital organs in the process. An animal can be ensnared for days without any food or water, left vulnerable to predation and infection as they die a slow and agonizing death. Some desperate animals will even chew off their trapped limbs to try and escape the devices’ powerful grip. Since these traps are indiscriminate, they don’t just catch targeted wildlife, but also endangered species and companion animals. Even so, body-gripping traps like conibear traps, snares, and steel-jaw leghold traps are still widely commercially available in the U.S. today.

Luckily, changes are underway. In 2021, a bill was introduced to the House by Congressman Jerrold Nadler to ban inhumane conibear and steel-jaw leghols traps from areas protected under the National Wildlife Refuge System. If passed, millions of innocent animals will be granted the ability to roam freely and graciously, without the possibility of having their spinal cords snapped.

We are asking you, Mrs. Pelosi, to please ban the antiquated 300-year old practice of catching animals with inhumane, bone crushing traps and to support Bill H.R. 4716.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Terese Hart


55 Comments

  1. Punish those who use this type of traps.

  2. What kind of people set these barbaric things out. Do they ever consider what or even whom could be caught in these things. This thoughtlessness is the reason more and more people forgo the pleasure of a long wilderness walk with companion animals or children running free.
    Ban them all. We do not need to keep killing the wildlife.

  3. HAVE WE NOT YET BECOME BETTER THAN THIS??? THIS DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT ANY HUMANS INVOLVED!!!

  4. Loraine Magda says:

    I sign many, many petitions to help animals but this one has just left me crying at the stupidity and callous cruelty of humans. How can anyone EVER justify such cruelty? May their karma come swiftly and brutally back to them.

  5. Use the traps on the people who set them for the poor defenceless babies. They are morons who deserve the same treatment.

  6. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH JILL!!! use the traps on people who hurt the poor defenseless animals doing those evil procedures

  7. eleanor dunkavich says:

    horrible people give them the same

  8. Urszula Lund says:

    Animals shall not be victims of human sadistic psychopaths! These crushing traps were invented by animal-haters and mentally-deranged scumbags and must be REMOVED once and for all!
    Animals are innocent and defenseless creatures, unlike hellish human scum who have no respect for our beautiful nature!!!

  9. Davide Alioto says:

    I am on the side of the animals, because the human being is not an outdoor hunter, they know how to kill only defenseless beings, they brag and toast. As soon as they are in equal situations, they run to the police, help help, he is armed. I’d put them in a forest and hunt them down

  10. Cindy Miller says:

    Had a hard time reading this petition, disgusting theses are still on the market & in use! Using theses on innocent animals is BS!!!

  11. Caireth Johnston says:

    Horrific. The look on that innocent deers face is heartbreaking – why are we as a species so evil

  12. Theresa Palm says:

    BARBARIC N UNACCEPTABLE!!!

  13. Think about a child getting caught in one of these traps!!

    • Cathy McCormick says:

      Right now I’m thinking about the thousands of animals that get trapped in these extremely cruel snd horrific traps!

  14. Mrs Loraine Stanley says:

    All traps need banning cruel evil humans that set them

  15. JoAnne Caravella says:

    ONLY HORRIFIC BASTARDS WOULD MANUFACTURE, SELL AND BUY THESE BEYOND DISGUSTING TRAPS. I TRULY WITH ALL OF MY BEING HOPE ON ALL THOSE INVOLVED WOULD ACQUIRE A TORTUROUS EXCRUCIATING AND WELL LONG PAIN IN THEIR F**CKING WORTHLESS LIVES. KARMA IS TRULY WHAT YOU DESERVE, JUST LIKE YOU F**CKING LOSERS DID TO INNOCENT ANIIMALS. AND DO NOT FORGET, B U R N IN HELL, WHERE YOU BELONG.

  16. This pic really got me….I see a lot of deer on my bicycle rides thru the cemetery near me and they are friendly and don’t deserve this. No wildlife does! I too hope for quick karma.

  17. Avatar photo Torah Wolf says:

    The evilness of people is just beyond my comprehension but the people that do these things are from the bloodline of Cain going back to the garden of Adam and Eve just remember Cain’s father was the devil that’s why God said he would put amenity between Eve’s seed and the devils only people from the bloodline of Cain the canites are always the one that do these evil things never people that are children of Adam

  18. Cathy McCormick says:

    Absolutely abhorrent! These traps are disgusting and need to be banned immediately!

  19. Anyone who uses these traps or condones it are not civilised and are wholly barbaric. Left to me anyone using them should get a taste of their own medicine!

  20. It’s reprehensible having to actually have to ask for this.

    The only humane is vegan.

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