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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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


Jan 23, 2018 Randall Bong
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) In the 21st century there should be no lead ammo....Anywhere...for any reason.
Jan 18, 2018 tamara eis
Jan 18, 2018 Christina Konle
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Think of your children and grandchildren!! and condors, etc
Jan 17, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Jan 16, 2018 wendy kolodynska
Jan 16, 2018 J. Goodacre
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 15, 2018 Babak Sadegh-Zadeh
Jan 13, 2018 Cynthia Lee
Jan 13, 2018 Melissa Rodriguez
Jan 13, 2018 christine Langlet
Jan 13, 2018 Jeri Marsh
Jan 13, 2018 Leslie Williams
Jan 13, 2018 Donna Fultz
Jan 13, 2018 Rodolfo Conde
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Molly Pollard
Jan 13, 2018 Cindy Johnson
Jan 13, 2018 Lisa Leos
Jan 13, 2018 Rhonda Sigman
Jan 13, 2018 Annette Bartlett
Jan 13, 2018 Juliet Francis
Jan 13, 2018 April I Decker This is a no brainer, andthose who lifted the ban need to stop poisoning our environment. Lead is bad for all life, including human life. What were they thinking? Or more to the point, were they thinking or just catering to the greed of special interests
Jan 13, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Jan 13, 2018 Lisa G.
Jan 13, 2018 Colleen Emerson
Jan 13, 2018 Nancy Mitko
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Lee tortorici
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Lisa Harding Ban lead once and for all!
Jan 13, 2018 Sandra Wilson
Jan 13, 2018 Rosalind Wilton
Jan 13, 2018 Abdullah Goldstein
Jan 13, 2018 Dianne Douglas
Jan 13, 2018 Dorothy Kroger
Jan 13, 2018 J Skrenka Absolutely inexcusable considering modern technology allows for materials other than lead to be used.
Jan 13, 2018 Henry & Amanda Jupp
Jan 13, 2018 Lyn Hood
Jan 13, 2018 Shira Levin Not only animals are at risk of lead poisoning so are people at risk. Reinstate the ban.
Jan 13, 2018 Kelsey Kennedy
Jan 13, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
Jan 13, 2018 Lisa Perry
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Randall
Jan 13, 2018 Robert M/Carol G Reed
Jan 13, 2018 Stephanie Linam
Jan 13, 2018 Staci Anderson
Jan 13, 2018 Michele LaPorte

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