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  • n. Describing a kind of trap that catches an animal by the leg.


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leg +‎ hold


  • The most common type of trap, used to catch an array of animals, is the subject of a semantic battle - it's called the leghold trap by many of its critics and the foothold trap by many of its defenders.

    The Seattle Times

  • Massachusetts banned the use of steel jawed leghold traps on land in 1975, and banned the use of both steel jawed and padded leghold traps entirely in 1997.

    Leave it to Beavers

  • Massachusetts last year amended its ban on leghold traps to allow certain types of trapping, including the use of conibear "body-gripping" traps, when the public health and safety are threatened.

    Leave it to Beavers

  • And they especially don't like that we succeeded in persuading the electorate to ban the use of cruel and inhumane steel-jawed leghold traps on public lands -- since that was a restriction on the taking of wildlife.

    Wayne Pacelle: Hunting Down Prop 109: Wildlife Protection, Voters' Rights At Risk

  • Prior to release into the enclosures, wild coyotes and foxes are trapped in the wild with leghold traps, crammed into cages too small for movement, and shipped -- often hundreds of miles -- with little or no access to food or water.

    Camilla Fox: Indiana Considers Sanctioning Animal Cruelty

  • Twelve states prohibit the use of snares, eight have banned or severely restricted steel jaw leghold traps, and more than 80 countries worldwide have banned leghold traps completely.

    Will Travers: Born Free USA Trapping Investigation Lifts Curtain on a Barbaric Act

  • Prop 109 is so broadly written it could even repeal previous voter-approved measures such as the 1994 ballot initiative that banned steel-jawed leghold traps and other cruel traps on public lands.

    Wayne Pacelle: Four Votes for Animals, Four Final Days to Spread the Word

  • Prop 109 also puts the state's voter-approved restriction on the use of steel-jawed leghold traps on the chopping block, and that's not something we can stand for.

    Wayne Pacelle: Arizona, California, Missouri and North Dakota Voters: Animals Need You

  • Among other things, it's been the pathway for us to ban the use of steel-jawed leghold traps and other body-gripping traps in a half dozen states, bear baiting and hounding in four states, cockfighting in three states, and inhumane factory farming practices in three states, most recently by passing Proposition 2 in California in November 2008.

    Wayne Pacelle: Ohio Landmark: Behind the Animal Welfare Agreement

  • While there is a legitimate need to resolve wildlife conflicts, the federal funding spent particularly on lethal predator control -- government agents using poisons, aerial gunning, steel-jawed leghold traps, and other inhumane methods to kill coyotes, mountain lions, wolves, and other predator species -- is a wasteful hand-out to private ranchers, and in some cases the government spends more money than the losses attributed to these creatures.

    Michael Markarian: Congress Can Spare Taxpayers and Animals


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