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Get Toxic Lead Out of Deer Shot in Minnesota

Trumpeter swan

Lead is an extremely toxic substance we've very sensibly removed from gasoline, paint and other products. But this dangerous heavy metal is still entering the food chain via lead hunting ammunition, which poisons wildlife and threatens human health.

More than 4,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment every year in the United States. Animals that ingest spent lead shot or scavenge on contaminated carcasses can suffer for years from debilitating lead poisoning before dying painfully. And tiny lead fragments in venison can poison families who eat what they shoot.

That's why a Minnesota lawmaker has introduced a bill (H.F. 1356) that would prohibit lead ammunition for deer hunting in Minnesota. We need you to speak up for the health of Minnesota's families and wildlife, including bald eagles and trumpeter swans.

Using the form on this page, please tell your representative you support banning lead shot for deer hunting. (This action can only be taken by Minnesota residents.)

Please take action by June 1, 2017.

Photo of trumpeter swan by Mick Thompson/Flickr.

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