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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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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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Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 20, 2017 Kim Anthony
Sep 20, 2017 Wendy Horn
Sep 19, 2017 Patricia Malherbe
Sep 19, 2017 Liliana Fiorini
Sep 19, 2017 eva schalin
Sep 19, 2017 Brian Adams
Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 Melinda Matheus
Sep 18, 2017 Franca Faustini
Sep 18, 2017 Lisa MacAllister
Sep 18, 2017 Carol Doud
Sep 18, 2017 Terri Graves
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 14, 2017 Denise Griffin
Sep 14, 2017 S Murphy
Sep 13, 2017 Michele Sabo
Sep 13, 2017 Erin Cormany
Sep 13, 2017 Donna Pacheco
Sep 12, 2017 Marcy Chamblin
Sep 11, 2017 jill phipps
Sep 11, 2017 maralyn james
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Gail Farmer
Sep 11, 2017 Sam Baldwin
Sep 11, 2017 Gelisa Rivera
Sep 11, 2017 Patricia Tarantino
Sep 11, 2017 Lynne Miles
Sep 11, 2017 jan barden
Sep 11, 2017 margaret Roy
Sep 11, 2017 Delicia Burnell
Sep 11, 2017 Mark Bastian
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Rona Barela STOP killing your brothers and sisters !
Sep 6, 2017 Dorothy Savage
Sep 6, 2017 Carol BECK
Sep 5, 2017 elvira molina
Sep 5, 2017 Daniel Baldwin
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 4, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Sep 3, 2017 Heather Flow
Sep 3, 2017 Michelle Johnson
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Sep 2, 2017 John Moszyk
Sep 1, 2017 Lori Dungey
Sep 1, 2017 Kathy Mason
Sep 1, 2017 Bonnie Vierthaler
Sep 1, 2017 Tami Miller

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