Skip to comments.Groups Seek Ban on Lead in Sporting Ammunition
Posted on 08/03/2010 4:25:32 PM PDT by neverdem
Lead, for centuries the core ingredient of ammunition, is now coming under attack itself.
As the American military begins to embrace green bullets, environmental groups are pushing state and federal officials to ban the use of lead in hunters guns and fishermens tackle.
Their goal is to protect both the animals that scavenge the carcasses of hunted prey and the people who consume meat from hunting expeditions.
On Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity and the American Bird Conservancy plan to file a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency seeking a comprehensive nationwide ban on lead-based sporting ammunition and fishing tackle.
The petitioners argue that it is now incontrovertible fact that lead fragments in the bodies of animals shot with lead bullets or lead pellets are a serious source of lead exposure to scavenging animals and a health risk to humans who eat hunters kills.
Scientists have found that chronic lead poisoning in birds leads to appetite loss, anemia, anorexia, reproductive or neurological impairment, immune suppression, weakness, and susceptibility to predation and starvation, the petition said.
Leads toxicity has long been known, and most of the uses that led to human exposure, like the manufacture of lead paint, have been banned for decades. Lead ammunition consumed only about 3 percent of the 6.4 million tons of...
If we had to show major population-level effects on many species to evaluate anything that caused ecological harm, wed never ban anything, he said.
Ammunition manufacturers have long experimented with alternatives to traditional bullets. Bullets made from copper, bismuth and various alloys have been under development for 20 years or more. In June, the Army announced that it was shipping one million rounds of a new 5.56-mm lead-free cartridge that had been in development for a decade to its troops in Afghanistan...
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LOL! Sure, that's their goal, to protect us. Sure it is.
If it is such a danger, why aren’t we all dead yet?
This is a back door approach to banning guns.
China ... they got no problem with working with lead and there is a SHIPload of them.
Save us from the nut-jobs.
Like Global Warming?
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As opposed to a "controvertible fact? Their choice of language says a lot about their thinking.
Who explained this to the city slicker vegans? ;-)
If we can’t shoot lead, that only leaves say, spent uranium, or tungsten (the stuff in the middle of all our Ft. Knox gold), or silver.
What’s the problem with replacing lead? It’s a damned dangerous thing; I can tell you from first hand experience. How hard could it be to find some kind of inert substitute that won’t cost a bundle?
The army using lead free ammo? Who is eating dead enemy soldiers?
Ha - now I can use my bow & be environmentally friendly, too.
EPA is way out of control. I am sure they will sign on to this!
Yes it is.
Just what the hell do these jerks think ammunition was made of in all the wars that have been fought over the last two centuries?
I remember this issue being raised with shotgun shot about 20 years or so ago. IIRC, use of lead shot in bird hunting is already restricted or banned in the U.S. (hunting FReepers, please feel free to correct me if I got that wrong).
This is a joke, right?