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From PETA's site www.FurIsDead.com
Suffering in the Wild
Animals like rabbits, possums, raccoons and foxes caught in steel-jaw leghold traps�the most widely used trap�endure excruciating pain from the steel bars clamped onto their legs, paws, and bodies.
Some animals, especially mothers desperate to return to their young, will struggle to get loose, even chewing or twisting off their own legs to escape. Animals suffer for hours or even days in traps before trappers arrive to stomp on their chests or break their necks.
The trapped animal is left to suffer blood loss, infection, gangrene, exhaustion, exposure, frostbite, shock, or attack by nonhuman predators. Other animals, such as beavers and muskrats, caught in underwater traps can struggle for up to 20 minutes before drowning.
Every year, traps also cripple and kill hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats, birds, and other animals�including endangered species�who are caught by mistake. These animals are termed 'trash animals' by the industry as they are of no use to the fur trade.