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.


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.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Terese Hart


  1. Truly sickening. Just which century do the barbarians that set these cruel traps believe we are living in FFS?!!

  2. Shirley Lemieux says:

    It truly is mind blowing the lack of Laws in this Country that allows such Evil to be committed against animals. It should be a no-brainer to protect the living. Not just human life but all life. But instead, it is like asking the Devils Disciples to provide protection and have compassion toward animal life.

  3. Mangale Kerna says:

    This photo is heartbreaking.I’m sick of this evil world, wanna go home 🙁

  4. Why is this petition being sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi ? She doesn’t have any say over this !
    Send it to the Department head over Fish and Wildlife.

  5. Katrin+Hillig says:

    Diese widerlichen Barbaren ich wünschte die würden das mit denen machen.

  6. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Conibear traps, snares, and steel-jaw leghold traps are EGREGIOUSLY INHUMANE and barbaric and MUST BE BANNED EVERYWHERE NOW.

  7. nazis beleived in Human speciesism. what we do to animals is no different

  8. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how Its Animals are treated.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Animals = Beings Of Light 👼💖

    Humans = 👹☠ ??????? TRASH!!!!!!!

  9. Myrna Lipman says:

    I guess it’s not enough that these macho hunters use high powered guns to blow animals up. Now they have to make it easier for themselves to capture an animal by setting these barbaric traps when they can just come along and blow up the animal. Or, if they do not happen by the trap the poor animal dies a slow, painful death. When is enough enough? Where is the heart in these people? What kind of country are we that allows this kind of cruelty towards animals? Appalling and sickening does not begin to capture the essence of this practice. Please stop this immediately!

  10. phyllis elliott says:

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress are measured by the way its animals are treated…..Mahatma Gandhi

  11. Elise Tooley says:

    This cruelty should be outlawed worldwide. Don’t human beings do enough already, to make animals lives miserable? Do we really need to promote this cruel suffering for millions of vulnerable innocent animals.

    Ban these traps immediately!

  12. Maria Lavorato says:

    Man has no end to his EVIL on animals.
    These torture traps should have and should be banned ions ago ….SO DO IT NOW!


  13. Julia Edinger says:

    Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives !!! “STOP THE CRUEL TREATMENT TO PRECIOUS ANIMAL’S” NOW!!! PROVE YOU CARE FOR ANIMAL’S instead of yourself !!!

  14. Raymond Stevens says:

    This barbaric cruelty demonstrates just how evil the human species is. This horrific shit needs to be banned. The scum that use it should be in prison or, better yet,have these evil traps used on them. I wouldn’t shed any tears at their pain and suffering.

  15. Sandra Weber says:

    It’s hard to believe these things are still legal. How many unintended victims are maimed and killed every year from these God awful contraptions.

  16. Jane+Morrow says:

    Another example of the depths the human race will stoop to in order to exert control over and “manage” wildlife. Whoever conceived of and uses these traps is a psychopath. Bring on human extinction.

  17. It is a true crime when people in charge won’t do anything to change the laws and let animals suffer this way. Pelosi and all her buddies are the one that should have to pay for the pain this animals have to go through because they won’t do anything and don’t care They are total assholes

  18. KELLY KRAMER says:

    I demand banning the barbaric use of these cruel, unnecessary traps. It’s disgusting and disgraceful the cruelty allowed to be inflicted on animals in the US.

  19. Thomas+Trescone says:


  20. Michelle Stewart says:

    They are barbaric and pure torture for the animals. They must be banned & made illegal all over the world. If a person gets caught in one, see how fast people want them banned. Companies that make the traps must also be fined, charged, and shut down.

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