The draconian practice of using baited foothold traps to catch animals, banned for 30 years in New Jersey for its cruelty, has just been legalized in the state once more.
“Foothold” or traditional “leg hold” traps snare an animal by the leg once they’ve reached in to grab bait. They have been traditionally used by fur trappers, as the mechanism does not harm the majority of the animal’s fur. Marshmallows and other inexpensive treats have been used to lure and restrain raccoons foxes, coyotes, wolves, bobcats and even lynx.
Once trapped, the animal is unable to eat, drink, return to their nest or babies, find shelter, or defend themselves from predators. According to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, many resort to chewing off their own limbs, breaking teeth and bones to get free.