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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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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,

Petition Signatures


Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 10, 2018 Robert & Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Jun 1, 2018 Barbara Hauck
May 30, 2018 Harriet Shalat
May 29, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 24, 2018 Sonia Nayyar
May 23, 2018 Melissa Gillett
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 22, 2018 don sasse
May 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 21, 2018 Patrick Lynch Secretary Zinke, please do the job that you were hired and are being paid to do!
May 21, 2018 Donna Parker
May 21, 2018 Robert New
May 20, 2018 Terry Cervantes NO LEAD BASED AMMUNITION !
May 20, 2018 sharon Tidwell Please reinstate the ban on Lead based Ammunition. It is killing our most Precious Wildlife. Please.
May 20, 2018 Susan Sevens
May 20, 2018 colleen vanghen
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Shaiyeda Silverwolf
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please read this. I do not want hunting to be banned, just the use of lead based ammunition.
May 20, 2018 Kathy Dillon
May 20, 2018 Brenda Wilson We are supposed to take care of God’s creatures.
May 19, 2018 Amy Stephens
May 19, 2018 Bridgette Tannehill Lead ammunition should definitely be banned. There are plenty of other materials to ammunition.
May 19, 2018 Barbara Hanzl Stop poisoning our wildlife.
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Melodie Jones
May 19, 2018 Lisa Lauzon Please there is no need to use LEAD -we know it kills. BAN IT 100% PLEASE !!
May 19, 2018 Stephen Brill
May 19, 2018 Stephanie Murphy
May 19, 2018 Sheryl Campbell
May 19, 2018 Rebecca Spurgeon Re-instate the ban on lead based ammunition!
May 19, 2018 Shirley Mueller
May 19, 2018 Michelle Murphy
May 19, 2018 Ed Kothe
May 19, 2018 Brett Mitchell
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please reconsider your decision on this ban
May 19, 2018 Eileen Jones Hunters can use copper ammo.
May 19, 2018 Cathy Nelson There got to be a better way so that precious animals like the bald eagle doesn't get harm like this.PLEASE put a stop to this.
May 19, 2018 Brunilda Lopez We need to protect our wildlife
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Maryann Laprade
May 19, 2018 Karen Kranda
May 19, 2018 Michae Moran This needs to be stoped now not next week, not next month but today.
May 19, 2018 Claire Emery
May 19, 2018 Susan Walters Stop this administration from killing America & its precious wildlife. Continue the ban on lead-based ammunition.

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