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Lead has proven to be a toxic threat not only to humans [1], but to animals as well.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, as many as 20 million birds and animals die every year from lead poisoning as a result of nearly 100,000 tons of lead that hunters, fishers, and other sportsmen use [2].

The conservationist group The Peregrine Fund contends that lead poisoning is a contributing factor to California condors being on the endangered species list [3]. Bald eagles and other birds of prey are being horrifically paralyzed and poisoned after scavenging the carcasses of other animals killed with lead-based ammunition [4]. Ducks, swans, geese and other waterfowl are ingesting lead fishing sinkers lost in lakes and rivers every year, which can prove fatal [5].

And the birds are not alone: a 2009 study from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine showed that people who consume animals killed by lead bullets are also at risk of lead poisoning [6].

Time and time again, scientific evidence shows there is no place for the use of lead-based ammunition due to the health and safety risks it poses. Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].

It's time to demand that Interior Secretary Zinke pays attention to the surmounting evidence against the use of lead-based ammunition. A 2013 statement from 30 scientists, doctors, and public-health experts from Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers, and other universities supported eliminating its use [8]. Join them and call upon Interior Secretary Zinke to immediately reinstate the ban on lead-based ammunition and fishing tackle.

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Dear U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke,

There is mounting scientific evidence that millions of animals are being poisoned from lead-based ammunition. Up to 20 million birds and animals die from lead poisoning every year as a result of nearly 100,000 tons of lead that hunters, fishers, and other sportsmen use, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Despite this evidence, you've recently overturned a federal ban on hunting with lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges. I am writing to demand that, for the health and safety of millions of wildlife, as well as other humans, the ban on lead-based ammunition be reinstated immediately.

Lead poisoning is a contributing factor to California condors being on the endangered species list. Bald eagles and other birds of prey are also frequent victims of lead poisoning from lead-based ammunition, as they ingest bullet fragments from the carcasses of other animals they consume. A 2009 study from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine showed that people who consume animals killed by lead bullets are also at risk of lead poisoning.

If people are going to hunt, they should do so responsibly, and without ammunition that can inadvertently poison and kill other wildlife. Despite hunting enthusiasts claiming that lead-free ammunition is too expensive to afford, a recent study showed prices for such ammunition is comparable to its toxic equivalent.

With a range of substitutes on the market today, there is no good reason for the use of lead-based ammunition that can poison and kill so many animals and humans. Please reinstate the ban on lead-based ammunition as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

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Aug 15, 2018 Evgeniya Terterashvili
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Aug 14, 2018 Akiko Sasauchi
Aug 14, 2018 Martha Eberle
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Aug 13, 2018 Margie Hancock
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Aug 11, 2018 Michael Campbell
Aug 11, 2018 Maureen Campbell
Aug 11, 2018 Isabel Pintado
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Aug 6, 2018 Solange Maria Ghidetti
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Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Kathleen Dentler
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Aug 3, 2018 Bari Bowles
Aug 2, 2018 Arnold Haber
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Aug 2, 2018 Rod Sutton
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Aug 2, 2018 farah amlashi
Aug 2, 2018 Nadine Roddy "If people are going to hunt, they should do so responsibly," Agreed!
Jul 31, 2018 Arci Jimenez
Jul 31, 2018 Deborah Martin
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Jul 31, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
Jul 30, 2018 Mandy Alden
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 29, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 Nelci Lopes da Silva
Jul 28, 2018 Carola Roy
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Jul 25, 2018 Sarah Lisarelli
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Jul 24, 2018 Sae Magata
Jul 24, 2018 Maristela Machado
Jul 24, 2018 Jeanetta Henderson very important!!!
Jul 24, 2018 Deborah Bortot
Jul 24, 2018 Ellen Cather

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