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Protect Wildlife From Lead Poisoning


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Marilyn
- 2929 days ago - action.biologicaldiversity.org
Tons of lead are shot or left in the wild every year from hunting and fishing. There it enters the food chain and endangers wildlife. Lead ammunition and fishing tackle are the source of lead poisoning for at least 130 wildlife species.



   

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Marilyn M (145)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:18 pm
Although toxic lead has been taken out of paint and gasoline, tons of lead are shot or left in the wild every year from hunting and fishing. There it enters the food chain and endangers wildlife. Bald eagles, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, loons, cranes, condors, herons, and doves are needlessly poisoned by spent lead ammunition and die excruciating deaths, starving to death when their digestive systems shut down. Wolves, bears, and panthers are also poisoned. There is a mountain of scientific evidence that lead ammunition and fishing tackle are the source of lead poisoning exposure for at least 130 wildlife species.

Use of lead ammunition also poses health risks to 10 million hunters, their families, and low-income beneficiaries of venison donations. Lead bullets explode and fragment into minute particles in shot game and can spread throughout meat that humans eat. Studies using radiographs show that numerous imperceptible, dust-sized particles of lead can infect meat up to a foot and a half away from the bullet wound, causing a greater health risk to humans who consume lead-shot game than previously thought. State health agencies have had to recall venison donated to feed the hungry because of lead contamination from lead bullet fragments.

There is simply no reason to continue to use toxic lead materials for hunting or fishing. Effective, nontoxic bullets, shot, and fishing weights are widely available and in many cases, comparable in price to lead. That is why more than 120 organizations representing birders, hunters, scientists, health organizations, American Indians, and public employees are calling for a nationwide ban on lead in ammunition and fishing tackle.

The Environmental Protection Agency has the ability to regulate toxic lead in ammunition and fishing gear to prevent the deaths of millions of wild birds and wildlife each year, but has refused to act in the face of pressure from the well-heeled NRA gun lobby. Tell the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce federal regulations intended to protect wildlife and people from preventable lead poisoning.




 

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:46 pm
Go vegetarian or vegan & then we eliminate the fishing & hunting! A much more humane & healthy lifestyle for those who wants a better life, heal our environment & care for our Mother Earth! We must ban all that destroys as the human species is the worst of all to destroy what we are unable to fix. If we cannot fix it then we should not destroy it! Respect God's gift to the world! Thanks Marilyn.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:49 pm
Signed and I am forwarding!! Thanks, Marilyn!!!
 

Little Star (56)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:51 pm
ABSOLUTELY...and another POINT that it is NOT Feral Cats that are killing so much of the WILDLIFE...it is the stupidity of MANKIND.
 

Little Star (56)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:52 pm
PLEASE...Can we stop the VEGAN preaching for just ONE thread ?
 

Kim O (396)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 9:14 pm
Noted and signed! Thanks Marilyn!
 

Kim O (396)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 9:30 pm
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chris b (2474)
Friday June 10, 2011, 12:59 am
Another good reason to ban guns and hunting as if any more good reasons where required!
 

Elsie Au (259)
Friday June 10, 2011, 1:58 am
Another good reason to ban hunting and fishing. If some people want to kill for their entertainment, they should start hunting each other and leave the animals alone
 

Elsie Au (259)
Friday June 10, 2011, 2:10 am
This is another good reason to ban hunting and fishing. If some human want to kill for their entertainment, let them start hunting each other and leave the animals alone.
 

Steven Walle (38)
Friday June 10, 2011, 2:20 am
Signed, noted and tweeted. Be Blessed.
 

Carol H (229)
Friday June 10, 2011, 3:19 am
signed, noted and forwarded, thanks Marilyn
 

Terry King (113)
Friday June 10, 2011, 5:31 am
Action taken
 

Jen S (121)
Friday June 10, 2011, 5:50 am
I oppose hunting unilaterally and agree absolutely about the depredation of human idiots over cats or other animal predators. Every fall, despite fences, multiple no tresspassing and no hunting signs, and a reputation as someone who will prosecute, I end up in at least two or three confrontations with arrogant idiots who think hunting is a basic right that trumps my ownership, properrty taxes, the presence of my horses, dogs, cats and wildlife I actively protect.
 

Nancy C (806)
Friday June 10, 2011, 5:50 am
ok
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday June 10, 2011, 6:19 am
Thank you for submitting comments to "Protect Wildlife From Lead Poisoning." Your comments have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and President Obama.

As I don't hunt nor fish I wasn't aware of this so thank you for bringing this to the public's attention. Also for the forward by Steven W.
 

Roxana Cortijo (171)
Friday June 10, 2011, 7:40 am
Noted & signed.
 

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Friday June 10, 2011, 7:46 am
noted and signed, thank you
 

tracey p (81)
Friday June 10, 2011, 7:51 am
noted and signed. it's a hard enough existence for wildlife. It's horrible enough that there are idiots who love to hunt and fish. That the lead they use causes so much damage is the icing on an already disgusting cake.
 

Patricia W (94)
Friday June 10, 2011, 9:45 am
Noted and signed. Yet another way we humans have a negitive impact on our world.
 

Deborah F (2)
Friday June 10, 2011, 9:57 am
Don't you understand that the lead poisoning in animals is our "Canary" in the mine? It has nothing to do with being vegetarian or vegan or anything else. If it's in the animals...we're next, whether we eat the animals or not. We're drinking the water. Right?
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:19 am
Signed and Noted! Thank you Marilyn!
 

Constance F (418)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:29 am
Great post, Marilyn. Thank you. So signed!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:40 am
signed thanks
 

Andrea Nemec (213)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:45 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

Joan for Peace (413)
Friday June 10, 2011, 11:14 am
thanks to steven for the forward and marilyn for posting all signed and tweeted
 

Michela M (3964)
Friday June 10, 2011, 11:22 am
SIGNED and Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 10, 2011, 12:11 pm
Thank you for submitting comments to "Protect Wildlife From Lead Poisoning." Your comments have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and President Obama.
TU Marilyn and Shelly
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Friday June 10, 2011, 1:04 pm
signed
 

Stelizan L (258)
Friday June 10, 2011, 2:54 pm
Lead should no longer be used in the production of ANYthing, point! When we go to the sea for the day we spend hours cleaning up after other disrespectful human specie members who visited that specific spot before us left fishing tackle and every kind of waste you can think of right where they used it, all over the place, whether there's a refuse bin in the vicinity or not, which just shows once more that you find 2-legged filth in every level of humankind. At the end of the day it's still the humans causing the mess and our animal kingdom suffers the worst for it.
 

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday June 10, 2011, 3:32 pm
Noted and signed. I agree with Stella. Thanks Marilyn for sharing and Shelly for this forward.
 

Mary T (178)
Friday June 10, 2011, 3:50 pm
Thanks Marilyn noted and signed.
 

Lisa Morris (52)
Friday June 10, 2011, 6:51 pm
Shared & signed~*
 

as s (201)
Friday June 10, 2011, 7:46 pm
signed and noted
 

MmAway M (519)
Friday June 10, 2011, 8:27 pm
Thank you "Marilyn" for getting this out! SOOOOO SIGNED!!! and this needs to end!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:36 pm
Lead shot should be banned there are steel shot which is harmless to the environment.
 

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:52 pm
Noted and Signed! Thanks Marilyn!!
 

Shirley S (187)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 12:08 am
Noted & signed.I have often wondered whether a brother-in-law was affected by lead from his MANY years of making his own lead sinkers for his passionate love of FISHING.He died of alzheimers.
 

Nancy Roussy (79)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 4:57 am
Signed and noted, thank you!
 

Carlene V (202)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 6:07 am
Noted and signed, thank you for the post
 

Elizabeth P (99)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 8:54 am
Signed and noted. Thank You All.
 

David N (112)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 12:04 pm
Thanks and I have signed.
 

desanka s (416)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 7:26 am
Done! Thank you Marilyn.
 

Annick Letourneau (67)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 5:27 pm
Done x
 

José Ovidio Pérez Morel (50)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 11:18 pm
Done..............
 

Jill Vickerman (416)
Monday June 13, 2011, 9:42 am
Signed, thank you Marilyn.
 
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