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 Yet in March, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke repealed a ban on the use of lead-based ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges [7].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


Apr 23, 2018 Dwight Kennedy
Apr 23, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 22, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Apr 22, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 15, 2018 Ann King
Apr 15, 2018 frédéric pulcini
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 LEON WAGNER BAN !!!SIGNED
Apr 10, 2018 DANIEL KALDERON SIGNED/SHARED
Apr 10, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Apr 10, 2018 Rosa Cabrerizo
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 8, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
Apr 7, 2018 Haley Lavris
Apr 6, 2018 Brent Pennell
Apr 6, 2018 Quentin Fischer
Apr 5, 2018 Erin McCarty
Apr 5, 2018 Mariah Oyondi
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Margherita Pinto
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Paula Conoscenti
Apr 5, 2018 Robert Reed
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 3, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Apr 2, 2018 Martha Vest
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 29, 2018 Sherryll Shaddock
Mar 29, 2018 Donna Johnson
Mar 29, 2018 shelly laurie there needs to be a ban on lead products!!!
Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Chi
Mar 27, 2018 Caren Shiloh
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Olga Sebok
Mar 27, 2018 Faith O'Neil
Mar 27, 2018 Michele Costa
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 26, 2018 Gina Lippa
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 25, 2018 A S
Mar 25, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Mar 25, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 24, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 24, 2018 Rebecca Wright-Hyde
Mar 24, 2018 Laura Haworth
Mar 23, 2018 Helgaleena Healingline

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