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EndTrap is a non-profit 501(c) 4 statewide volunteer organization with more than 28,000 Vermont supporters and petition signers.

The group was founded in the late 1980s to protect Vermont pets, and all animals, from cruel and indiscriminate body-gripping (leghold, foothold and conibear) traps.

Every day in this country, countless animals suffer agonizing deaths as a result of being caught in steel-jawed leghold traps.

The steel-jawed leghold trap is a spring-powered device with two opposing steel jaws designed to capture an animal by snapping closed upon the animal's limb.

The traps are used primarily by trappers to catch animals that are used to make fur garments. However, many "non-target animals" such as family pets and endangered species also become ensnared in the traps.

It is estimated that every year in the United States, steel-jawed traps cripple or kill over 5 million animals besides those trapped for fur including dogs, cats, owls, squirrels, deer and eagles.

Because of the sheer cruelty they inflict, 90 countries and 8 states within the U.S. have already banned the use of the trap altogether. Polls consistently show strong public disapproval of the steel-jawed leghold trap and of trapping for fur. A 1998 poll showed that 72.9% of Vermonters want the leghold trap banned.

ENDTRAP: Vermonters for Banning Leghold Traps

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