There's nothing sporting about poisoning bald eagles. But the NRA and other extremist groups continue to try and push through exemptions for lead ammunition and fishing sinkers.
In 2012 the Center for Biological Diversity led a successful effort to prevent these exemptions through the so-called "Sportsmen's Act," which would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency -- the same agency that got lead out of paint and gasoline -- from protecting wildlife, as well as families that eat game shot with lead ammunition, from lead poisoning.
The NRA, however, will stop at nothing to get special favors from members of Congress, no matter the cost.
Toxic lead continues to enter the food chain through bullet fragments in game and spent lead shot. Bald eagles, endangered condors and more than 130 species of wildlife are needlessly poisoned or killed by lead left in the wild. The EPA can address these preventable deaths through the Toxic Substances Control Act, a well-established and time-tested federal law aimed at limiting our exposure to dangerous substances like lead.
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 to use toxic materials for hunting.
More than 250 organizations in 40 states called for regulation of lead ammunition to help defeat the Sportesmen's Act. But the same radical legislation that would gut the Toxic Substances Control Act and prevent the EPA from doing its job could pop up again attached to a must-pass spending bill.
Use the form below to tell President Obama and members of Congress to keep lead poisoning and radical legislation out in 2013.
Human Health Risks of Lead Ammunition:
Lead ammunition also poses unnecessary health risks to people. Lead bullets fragment extensively and spread minute particles of toxic lead throughout shot game. Hunters then feed this toxic harvest to their families. Radiographs show that imperceptible, dust-sized particles of lead can infect meat up to a foot and a half away from the bullet wound, causing a grave health risk to humans eating lead-shot game. Read more about our Get the Lead Out campaign at www.GetTheLeadOut.org.
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Photo of bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning (c) Ken Lockwood, Eagle Valley Raptor Center.
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