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Get Lead Shot Out of Minnesota

Bald eagle

Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources has proposed a new plan to phase out toxic lead ammunition for small-game hunters on farmland "wildlife management areas."

It's a reasonable move and one that wildlife experts have long identified as necessary. But last year, after right-wing lawmakers tried to prevent the department from restricting use of lead shot, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies had to fight back and help defeat those bills. Now we need your help again.

The scientific evidence is extensive: Spent lead ammo enters the food chain and regularly poisons and kills bald eagles, trumpeter swans and many other birds. It also causes significant health risks for people eating wild game.

We've removed lead from our homes, gas tanks and children's toys -- but notably not from ammunition, a persistent source of toxic lead in the environment.

Using the form on this page, tell lawmakers you oppose any efforts to prohibit the department from doing its job to safeguard Minnesota's wildlife and people from lead shot.

Please take action by June 1, 2017.

Photo of bald eagle by Elaine R. Wilson/Nature's Pics Online.

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