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Yesterday, an Animal Control Officer in Port St. Lucie rescued a raccoon who had been caught in an illegal leghold trap. The poor animal’s front paw had to be amputated (a report by Fox 29 News features a photo of the raccoon’s horrific injuries).


In 1972, Florida banned the use of steel-jaw leghold traps, but they are still widely used by trappers in other states to catch raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and other fur-bearing animals. When an animal steps on a leghold trap, the trap’s jaws slam closed on the animal’s limb. The animals efforts to escape often lead to serious injuries.

If you ever hear someone defend trapping as humane, or if you’ve ever considered purchasing a coat with fur trim, please remember the sad photo of this raccoon.

By coincidence, the National Trappers Association Southeast Regional Trapping & Outdoor Expo, hosted by The Florida Trappers Association, was held last weekend in Live Oak, Florida.

One Response to “This is why steel-jaw leghold traps are illegal in Florida”

  1. on 22 Jan 2014 at 8:05 am Jay

    Trapping is Not cruel and is very useful for protecting other animal population such as Quail,turkeys,ducks,rabbits.And steel traps are not cruel, if they are padded jaw, so whoever keeps sayin that needs to stop and try to learn something cause you sound very clueless.so, what do you think when an animal such as a coon get hit on the road in front of your house and is half way dead, HE is suffering so what do you wanna try to put a BAN on vehicles,What do you thing when a coyote eats a baby deer alive is thaT humane no so leave people who trap alone and and I think leg hold traps should be legal in florida.///JAY

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