Center for Biological Diversity

Tell Congress -- Get Poisonous Lead out of Hunting Ammo

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We've gotten lead out of gasoline and paint. Now it's time to get the lead out of hunting ammunition.

Every year millions of animals -- including endangered condors and bald eagles, as well as more than 130 other wildlife species -- are poisoned when they eat spent lead shot or lead fragments from ammunition that's been used to kill wild game. Hunters and their families are also put at risk if they eat game shot with lead ammo.

It's time for the federal government to act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can address these preventable deaths, just as they did in the 1980s with lead-free ammo for hunting migratory birds. Effective, nontoxic bullets and shot are widely available and in many cases are now comparable in price to lead -- there's simply no reason to continue using toxic ammo for hunting when it ends up in the food chain. And yet, right now, Congress is set to pass dangerous riders attached to critical funding bills that would prevent the regulation of lead ammunition under any and all federal laws.

The NRA has been fighting common-sense measures to protect wildlife from lead ammunition. But if we're going to save birds and other animals from lead poisoning, we must set aside politics and do what's right for America's wildlife.

Use the form below to tell Congress to get poisonous lead out of hunting ammunition.

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Please take action by Dec. 31, 2015.

Photo of California condor courtesy Flickr/ZakVTA.

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