Center for Biological Diversity

Tell the EPA: Get the Lead Out to Save Lives

lead poisoned bald eagle
Bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning.
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Help stop the needless lead poisoning of bald eagles and other wildlife by asking the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate toxic lead in hunting ammunition. Sign our petition -- join more than 150 organizations calling on the EPA to both end the widespread lead poisoning of wildlife and safeguard human health.

The only thing keeping toxic lead in bullets and shotgun pellets is misinformation from organizations like the National Rifle Association, that are devoted to perpetuating the use of lead ammo despite the mountain of scientific evidence that it causes lead poisoning in a variety of species and risks the health of 10 million hunters, their families and low-income venison donation beneficiaries. But many rational hunters disagree with the NRA and think getting the lead out for wildlife is consistent with traditional American conservation and hunting values.

Spent lead pellets and lead fragments in shot game are still widespread wildlife-killers, felling bald and golden eagles, trumpeter swans, endangered California condors and more than 75 other bird species. Lead bullets can also fragment into minute particles and spread throughout shot game, causing a health risk to humans who eat it.

Fortunately, nonlead bullets and shotgun pellets are widely available
-- more than a dozen manufacturers market hundreds of varieties and calibers of nonlead ammunition made of steel, copper and metal alloys. Hunters in areas that have lead-ammo restrictions have transitioned to hunting with nontoxic bullets.

There is simply no excuse to use toxic lead for hunting.
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I strongly urge the Environmental Protection Agency to implement and enforce federal regulations to protect people and wildlife from completely preventable lead poisoning.

Although environmental lead poisoning has been reduced by removing lead from paint and gasoline, each year thousands of tons of lead are shot into the wild, a half-million lead fishing sinkers are lost or abandoned in aquatic ecosystems and numerous carcasses contaminated with lead fragments are left for scavengers. When this lead enters the food chain the effect on wildlife is staggering. Bald eagles, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, loons, cranes, condors, herons and doves die incredibly painful lead-poisoning deaths. Wolves, bears and panthers are also poisoned.

Today there is simply no reason to continue to use toxic lead materials for hunting or fishing. Effective, nontoxic bullets, shot and fishing weights are widely available and, in many cases, comparable in price to lead.

Toxic lead in ammunition and fishing gear should be regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Please take action to both prevent the annual deaths of millions of wild creatures and to safeguard public health.

Thank you.
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1-25 of 12271 signatures
Number Date Name Location
12271 Sun Dec 02 17:46:06 EST 2012 Denise Dunlap Woodbridge, VA , US
12270 Sun Dec 02 13:10:59 EST 2012 Llauren Peralta Los Angeles, CA , US
12269 Sun Dec 02 13:10:46 EST 2012 Llauren Peralta Los Angeles, CA , US
12268 Sun Dec 02 11:11:34 EST 2012 James M Nordlund Fargo, ND , US
12267 Sun Dec 02 11:01:15 EST 2012 Anonymous burlington, WV , US
12266 Sun Dec 02 04:15:22 EST 2012 Sofi Nordstrom Tallahassee, FL , US
12265 Sun Dec 02 01:15:45 EST 2012 dave delson boca raton, florida , US
12264 Sat Dec 01 21:28:12 EST 2012 Ginger Neimo Adelaide, ot , AU
12263 Sat Dec 01 15:23:50 EST 2012 Mariana Salerno San Diego, CA , US
12262 Sat Dec 01 14:39:02 EST 2012 Rucha Harde Nagpur, IN+16 , IN
12261 Sat Dec 01 13:43:52 EST 2012 Anonymous Santa Rosa, CA , US
12260 Sat Dec 01 11:44:09 EST 2012 Dale Noonkester Chula Vista, CA , US
12259 Sat Dec 01 05:22:18 EST 2012 Hiroko Jones San Francisco, CA , US
12258 Sat Dec 01 03:55:07 EST 2012 Barbara Huggins Aurora, CO , US
12257 Sat Dec 01 00:19:15 EST 2012 Tressa Reisberg USA, OH , US
12256 Sat Dec 01 00:03:58 EST 2012 Jessica Calosci Arlington, VA , IT
12255 Fri Nov 30 23:51:17 EST 2012 Cindy Zimmerman Imperial beach, CA , US
12254 Fri Nov 30 23:37:41 EST 2012 marilyn nusbaum new york, NY , US
12253 Fri Nov 30 19:44:39 EST 2012 Michael Comstock Los Angeles, CA , US
12252 Fri Nov 30 18:21:02 EST 2012 mauricio carvajal Santiago, ot , CL
12251 Fri Nov 30 17:40:27 EST 2012 Darleen Mc Naul Holland, PA , US
12250 Fri Nov 30 13:55:06 EST 2012 Audrey Jane Anderson Los Altos, CA , US
12249 Fri Nov 30 13:53:11 EST 2012 Josh Heffron NYC , NY , US
12248 Fri Nov 30 13:52:09 EST 2012 Dena Schwimmer Los Angeles, CA , US
12247 Fri Nov 30 13:08:23 EST 2012 Lori Bryan durango, CO , US
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Photo of bald eagle (c) Ken Lockwood, Eagle Valley Raptor Center.

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