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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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


Jul 19, 2017 Carla Marques
Jul 16, 2017 Dulcie Camp
Jul 13, 2017 Elizabeth Cano
Jul 12, 2017 Lane Page
Jul 12, 2017 Loredana Raimonda Richiardi
Jul 12, 2017 Suzette Henderson
Jul 12, 2017 Susan Hanlon
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Debbie Crowe
Jul 10, 2017 Jade Scileppi Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. - Stewart Udall
Jul 10, 2017 Michael Tassis
Jul 10, 2017 Maria Jesus Escobedo Barrera
Jul 9, 2017 Robert Thomson I wonder, how much stock does Trump and his republiCON cronies own in the Lead Industry? Stupid is as stupid does.
Jul 8, 2017 MARSHA CRONER
Jul 8, 2017 Dìane van Weelie Bring back ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle whuch has been proven to be a danger to people's and animals' health.
Jul 8, 2017 Paula Morgan
Jul 7, 2017 Eileen O'Connell
Jul 6, 2017 Darren Frale
Jul 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 Carolien ten Brink
Jul 5, 2017 Jordan Amelia
Jul 4, 2017 Marilyn Miravalles
Jul 4, 2017 Karen Moore
Jul 4, 2017 Siya Khan
Jul 4, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Jul 4, 2017 marilyn evenson
Jul 3, 2017 Michael Fine How much power does the NRA have in the Trump debacle?
Jul 3, 2017 Carla L
Jul 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2017 Linda Hardeveld
Jul 2, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 2, 2017 Elizabeth Jones We must stop killing our native birds and animals by using lead in ammunition. As a matter of fact, Let's stop hunting period. Most people to not NEED to hunt for food. Go to target practice using blanks.
Jul 2, 2017 Diane Cornwall
Jul 2, 2017 Starr Gallo
Jul 1, 2017 sedef asla
Jul 1, 2017 Terry Wallerstedt
Jul 1, 2017 oya atalan
Jul 1, 2017 Ishita Bhattacharya
Jul 1, 2017 Karl Zimmerman
Jul 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2017 susana perez
Jun 30, 2017 Rita Wolff
Jun 29, 2017 Jennifer Conway
Jun 29, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jun 29, 2017 A Bradford
Jun 29, 2017 Francesca Nicoletti
Jun 28, 2017 kellyann morander
Jun 28, 2017 Dona LaSchiava HUNTERS ARE REVOLTING CHEAPASKATES! One or two dollars more per box of lead free ammo is not too much to ask to STOP THE HEINOUS POISONING OF WILDLIFE!
Jun 28, 2017 Sharon Sutton
Jun 27, 2017 Jelica Roland

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