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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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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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Jul 23, 2018 Martha Cottle
Jul 22, 2018 David Cotner
Jul 22, 2018 Susan Gillespie
Jul 22, 2018 Saba Mirel
Jul 21, 2018 Anna Astarkina
Jul 21, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
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Jul 19, 2018 Dolores Harrison
Jul 19, 2018 Winifred Boyd
Jul 19, 2018 Henrietta Wise BAN LEAD AMO!!! ARE YOU CRAZY??!!
Jul 19, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 18, 2018 Rafa Albert Bosch
Jul 18, 2018 Stacy Harris
Jul 18, 2018 DINA CAPRA
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Jul 17, 2018 Allison Taylor
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Jul 16, 2018 M Bradburn
Jul 16, 2018 Scott Teel
Jul 16, 2018 Jenifer Horne
Jul 16, 2018 Julie Norwood
Jul 15, 2018 Alice Jacobson
Jul 15, 2018 Sabrina Hurd
Jul 15, 2018 Michele Langston
Jul 15, 2018 Dylan Worsley
Jul 14, 2018 Jeffrey Diehl
Jul 14, 2018 Serina King
Jul 14, 2018 Patricia Hadeed
Jul 14, 2018 Patricia Tind
Jul 14, 2018 Michelle Aguiar
Jul 14, 2018 Deborah Coviello
Jul 14, 2018 Lara Santos
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Jul 14, 2018 Lin Westler
Jul 14, 2018 Daniel Bieker
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Jul 13, 2018 Thassya Cananéa
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