Remove Lead Shot From the Environment and Save Waterfowl

Target: Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

Goal: Put lead shot on the Virtual Elimination List and save hundreds of thousands of waterfowl from lead poisoning.

Every year, hunters recklessly deposit countless quantities of lead shot into the environment every time they fire their guns. And every year over 300,000 waterfowl die horrifying deaths from ingesting this toxic substance. Any exposure to lead is considered unsafe to both people and animals, and there are many lead-free ammunition options available, yet lead-shot is still widely used across the country.

The Virtual Elimination List contains toxic substances that contaminate the food chain by human intervention and removes these substances from the environment.

Sign this petition to add lead to the Virtual Elimination List and save countless birds, mammals, and aquatic animals.


Dear Honourable Wilkinson,

Your department is responsible for the safety and preservation of the environment and wild animals, yet you have failed to protect them from one of the most dangerous substances: lead shot. Every year, unprecedented quantities of this toxic substance will be carelessly fired into bodies of water and into the soil, where it will be ingested by countless animals. Annually, over 300,000 waterfowl die horrific deaths by accidentally ingesting lead shot along with their food.

I urge you to add lead to the Virtual Elimination List and save millions of animals that you have sworn to protect.


[Your Name Here]

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