Target: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Ban toxic lead ammunition
Since 2004, the Center for Biological Diversity has been attempting to create new legislation that would regulate the lead content of hunting ammunition. More recently, in March of 2012, 100 different environmental organizations petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency demanding that lead in ammunition be labeled as a toxic substance and regulated accordingly. However, gun rights groups, such as the National Rifle Association, strongly oppose the regulation of lead ammunition because they feel it would raise costs for hunters and infringe on gun rights.
For its failure to successfully regulate lead ammunition, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently been sued by seven U.S. conservation groups. Lead shot used for killing waterfowl was banned in the early 1990s. However, hunters still commonly use lead based bullets to kill larger game animals. Conservationists argue that lead bullets fracture easily, leaving pieces of toxic lead behind not only in the carcasses of animals, but also in the environment.
The Center for Biological Diversity states that 130 species, and millions of individual animals, suffer from the effects of lead poisoning each year. Most of these species are poisoned when they scavenge the carcasses of game animals who were killed with lead bullets and left behind by hunters. Birds of prey, such as eagles and other types of raptors, are just a few of the species who are suffering from lead poisoning each hunting season. Discarded lead bullets and casings also contaminate groundwater.
Eliminating, or even reducing, the amount of lead used in hunting ammunition would be an easy way to protect the lives of millions of wild animals. The National Rifle Association and hunters in general have, for years, been stalling the institution of new legislation. The usage of lead bullets is unnecessarily poisoning wildlife. There are currently already available non-toxic alternatives to using lead based bullets. By signing this petition, you are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to protect U.S. wildlife and the environment by banning the use of lead bullets.
Dear United States Environmental Protection Agency,
Please ban toxic lead hunting ammunition. There is no reason why hunters should continue to be allowed to use toxic bullets when there are already safer alternatives.
The Center for Biological Diversity has stated that over 130 different species, and the lives of millions of individual animals, are impacted negatively by lead bullets each year. Discarded bullets and casings contaminate groundwater. Lead is known to be toxic. It is dangerous to humans, wildlife, and the environment. Please look past the complaints of the National Rifle Association and hunters to help protect the lives of countless wild animals.
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