Definition of leghold trap in US English:

leghold trap


  • A type of trap with a mechanism that catches and holds an animal by one of its legs.

    • ‘The wolves now thriving in Yellowstone National Park, for example, are routinely caught with leghold traps so they can be outfitted with radio collars.’
    • ‘Other than nets and common mouse or rat traps, traps designed to capture and hold a mammal by gripping the mammal's body, or body part are prohibited, including steel jaw leghold traps, padded leghold traps, and snares.’
    • ‘This country has banned both fur factory farming and the use of the steel-jawed leghold trap.’
    • ‘In 1991, the EU passed Council Regulation 3254 / 91, prohibiting imports of the furs of 13 wild species from countries which still permitted the use of any form of jaw-type leghold trap.’
    • ‘He did, however, oppose the amendment to halt the use of leghold traps on national wildlife refuges.’
    • ‘Perhaps she has forgotten that every year, millions of animals, including rabbits, minks, foxes, and raccoons, are trapped in the wild in barbaric steel-jaw leghold traps.’
    • ‘For instance, the rules of the WTO challenge the European Union's bans on bovine growth hormone, on furs from countries that still use leghold traps, and on cosmetics tested on animals.’


leghold trap

/ˈleɡhōld ˌtrap/