Help Stop Lead Poisoning of Loons, Swans and Waterfowl
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is evaluating a legal petition submitted last month by the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups to protect wildlife from toxic lead exposure by banning lead in fishing tackle.
An estimated 4,000 tons of toxic lead fishing tackle are lost in aquatic environments in this country each year. Lead fishing weights that sink to the bottom of ponds or streams are often mistaken for food or grit and ingested by swans, ducks, geese, loons and other water birds. Lead-poisoned waterfowl suffer painful deaths or can develop long-term health problems such as damage to reproduction, growth and neurological development; common loons, trumpeter and whooper swans, sandhill cranes, Canada geese and mallards are particularly at risk.
The EPA will make a ruling soon on our petition to regulate lead fishing tackle. Please help us get the lead out for loons, swans and other waterfowl -- send a message to the EPA today supporting regulations to ban lead fishing tackle.