Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Applaud governor for banning the use of lead in hunting
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation to make California the first state in the nation to halt the use of lead ammunition in hunting. This ban was prompted by the continued incidental poisoning of countless birds and mammals, including endangered California condors, from lead bullets.
Millions of waterfowl hunters have already made the transition to non-toxic shot, showing that lead is not necessary in ammunition. When the bill to ban lead in ammunition came about, many hunters said that it would make some hunting, especially waterfowl hunting, impossible. This has proven to be untrue, and other hunters should be able to easily make the transition to non-toxic ammunition.
Scientific evidence shows that there are significant public health, environmental, and wildlife health risks associated with lead from ammunition. One estimate says that there are more than 10 million doves a year who die from lead poisoning. Over 130 species are known to succumb to lead poisoning, which makes lead a major killer. Scavenging birds like condors, owls, eagles, and hawks, as well as mammals like coyotes, are all at risk and known to be suffering. Death from lead poisoning is painful, and even when lead exposure isn’t high enough to kill an animal, it doesn’t take much to weaken an animal to the point that it succumbs to predation or other diseases. Lead is not safe for hunters either, and switching to non-toxic ammunition makes it safer for hunters and their families to eat the meat they kill without being in danger of ingesting lead fragments that are left in the game.
Commend Governor Brown for passing this law to make hunting safer for all parties involved.
Dear Governor Brown,
Thank you for passing the bill to ban lead from ammunition. Not only will a non-toxic alternative to lead protect animals, but it will also protect the humans who consume meat that would have been shot with lead ammunition. No longer will families worry about accidentally consuming lead fragments left in the game they are eating, and no longer will animals suffer and die from lead poisoning from either a non-fatal wound or consuming game that has been contaminated with lead.
This bill marks a safer California, and I hope that your initiatory actions will spread to the rest of America. Thank you for banning lead from ammunition.
[Your Name Here]
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