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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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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 22, 2017 Sandra Zaninovich
Jun 22, 2017 Justyna Jaszczak-Sroka
Jun 22, 2017 Monique Greffe
Jun 22, 2017 bill wiebe
Jun 22, 2017 Kim Zwicker
Jun 22, 2017 Alyse Vasil
Jun 22, 2017 joy throssell stop poisoning our land ..
Jun 22, 2017 Valerie Gorin
Jun 22, 2017 Rob Dexter
Jun 21, 2017 Olya Almazova
Jun 21, 2017 Donna Campbell
Jun 21, 2017 Kaitlyn Kittell
Jun 21, 2017 Caroline CEDELLE
Jun 21, 2017 CLAUDIA PESSOA
Jun 21, 2017 Lorraine Dumas
Jun 21, 2017 Manuela Werthwein
Jun 21, 2017 tammy bullock
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Jun 21, 2017 Inna Bogorodska
Jun 21, 2017 Bob Brucker
Jun 21, 2017 Gail Battinelli
Jun 21, 2017 Lora Hamman
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Jun 21, 2017 dolores moreno
Jun 21, 2017 Barbara Skinner
Jun 21, 2017 pascale vlemincx
Jun 21, 2017 Manuela Masella
Jun 21, 2017 Vahia TAMAGNA
Jun 20, 2017 Ragen Serra
Jun 20, 2017 Adair Leonard
Jun 20, 2017 Suzanne Anderson
Jun 20, 2017 Moll Yares
Jun 20, 2017 Melynda Quinn
Jun 20, 2017 Karen Fedorov
Jun 20, 2017 john adams
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Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Jean Buchanan
Jun 20, 2017 Jean Kim
Jun 20, 2017 Sonia Romero Villanueva
Jun 20, 2017 Liliana Florea
Jun 19, 2017 Michelle Blackley
Jun 19, 2017 Ashleigh Heath
Jun 19, 2017 Denise Brown
Jun 19, 2017 Alexandra Smith
Jun 19, 2017 Melania Padilla
Jun 19, 2017 Sandra Leaper IMMEDIATELY reinstate the ban on lead-based ammunition and fishing tackle.
Jun 19, 2017 Dita Škalič
Jun 19, 2017 Aurora Fuentes

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