Target: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water
Goal: Ban lead ammunition in hunting
California is considering a full ban on lead-based ammunition for use by hunters. Lead from ammunition has been linked to health risks in people and wildlife. Urge the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water to pass the ban by taking a moment to sign the petition below.
Lead is a known toxic substance that can cause poisoning and painful death in wildlife with just very small amounts. The California Condor, Golden Eagle and other protected species are threatened by lead from ammunition. The leading cause of death in California condors is lead poisoning, while one in five of the birds has ingested enough lead from ammunition to be at risk of lead poisoning. Studies have shown that lead can be detected in significant amounts when humans ingest animals killed with lead ammunition.
Assembly Bill 711, authored by California Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), and sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife and Audubon California, awaits further discussion by the California Senate after passing the California Assembly floor in May 2013. Gun rights groups are fighting the legislation, spreading misinformation that lead used in ammunition is not toxic enough to harm people or the environment, despite a letter of consensus signed by 30 scientists claiming otherwise.
California has had a ban on lead ammunition to hunt waterfowl since 1991, and in 2007 a ban on lead ammunition use within California condor range was passed. AB 711, if passed, would take effect over a two-year adjustment period, giving hunters and supply stores plenty of time to adjust to the new market. Non-lead ammunition is readily available and performs just as well as lead ammunition.
Lead does not belong in the environment. California must take action to save its endangered bird species, and protect both people and wildlife from lead poisoning.
Dear Members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water,
I urge you to support AB 711, which would ban lead ammunition. Lead ammunition poisons wildlife and people when used in hunting. Lead has no place in the environment. We have known for decades that lead is toxic and has decimated endangered bird populations. Lead poisoning can take effect in wildlife with very small amounts, and it can result in a very painful death for the animal. The California Condor’s leading cause of death is lead poisoning.
Non-lead ammunition is readily available to California’s hunters, and the adjustment period outlined by the bill would give hunters and suppliers plenty of time to adjust to the new market. California would be a trailblazer in protecting its population with this legislation. Please ensure that AB 711 makes it into law.
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