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Letís Hope that Lead is Dead But the NSSF Says Lead is Edible and Delicious!
No, the NSSF is not a government health department this time, itís the
National Shooting Sports Foundation. They put out a press release in which
they claimed that thereís nothing wrong with hunting with lead bullets.
Theyíre worried because California legislators are considering a ban on the
use of lead ammunition. The NSSF claims that hunters will just stop hunting
and it will result in terrible deprivation to the economy.
Joe Miele, President of C.A.S.H. sent out the following letter to
newspapers around the country:
A recently published press release from the National Shooting Sports
Foundation exposed the organization as caring very little about the
environment and the health of wildlife populations.
The Foundation is up in arms that a proposed ban on lead ammunition
may become law. Because lead is a severe neurotoxin, and an unknown number
of wild animals and fish are poisoned each year after ingesting lead pellets
and sinkers. Lead ammunition also endangers the poor. Last year, a North
Dakota physician and big game hunter found lead bullet fragments in sixty
percent of meat samples that were donated to food pantries. As a result, the
state Department of Health ordered food pantries to discard the venison they
had not yet distributed.
Instead of showing concern for the environment by supporting the
elimination of toxic shot, hunting interest groups are more concerned with
hunters who are too lazy or stubborn to switch to a different kind of
ammunition. If special interest groups succeed in keeping this toxic
ammunition legal, perhaps they should bear the burden of funding the
clean-up of the poisonous heavy metal from the areas where it is found.
Hunting is a violent practice that destroys wildlife and the natural
world. To learn what you can do to stop these polluters visit
In a Nov. 12th article that appeared on www.jhguide.com, a University of
Montana graduate student said that lead bullet fragments in offal piles
could be poisoning Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears as they scavenge the
remains of big game during hunting season. Studies on ravens and eagles
yielded the same results.
Eleven bears sampled outside of hunting season didnít show any signs of
lead in their blood. Yet 45% of those sampled during hunting season showed
elevated blood lead levels defined as 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter.
Lead stays in the bloodstream for two weeks before it gets deposited in
organs and other tissues. It can cause serious health problems in children
including stomach pain, anemia, lower intelligence and poor school
performance. There are plans for looking at lead contamination in blood and
scat of black bears, cougars, wolves, and coyotes. As coyotes are mostly
scavengers, they are the most vulnerable.
Lead bullets shatter on impact, spreading fragments throughout the meat.
Hunters typically leave the animalís organs behind and the shot flesh. These
offal piles are a food source for scavengers such as bears, eagles, and
ravens. Scientists think this type of lead poisoning has hampered efforts to
repopulate the endangered California condor. In North Dakota, health
officials recommend that parents not feed game meat killed with lead to
children 6 years and younger.
David Kveragas, a prominent anti-hunter in Pennsylvania made the
following connection when he sent this out:
There was an article in the paper today (it was national so it may be
in yours) about how motorcycle shops are being prohibited from selling or
repairing many types of bikes for young children. This is all under the new
federal regs concerning lead contamination. Seems the engines in many of the
bikes have too much lead per the new law. Seems to me if they are legally
prohibited from riding a motorbike because of minute lead content, the same
kids should be prohibited from handling guns and ammo with lead content also.
Letís not forget that the animals die a painful lingering death. Ann
Fanizzi of Putnam County, NY wrote:
The other night I saw on CT TV the most heartbreaking sight: that of a
bald eagle slowly and excruciatingly dying from lead-poisoning ingested from
bullets encased in carcasses of hunter-killed deer. I believe it was in
Yellowstone. I couldnít stand to watch it.
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