Petition Aims to Ban Lead Tackle
A group of conservation organizations has filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a national ban on the production and sale of lead bullet, shotgun pellets and fishing weights. The petition was filed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which regulates dangerous chemical in the United States.
The group that filed the petition includes the Center for Biological Diversity, American Bird Conservancy, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Center for Food Safety, and Project Gutpile. They claim that more than 130 animals have been reported as being exposed or killed by ingesting lead shot, bullets or fishing tackle. Of specific concern is the more than 75 terrestrial species of birds that they claim are known to be poisoned by lead ammunition. This includes a statistic that the group supplies, which states as many as 20 million doves per year in the United States are killed by lead poisoning.
Anglers and hunters argue that the ban would drastically increase the cost of hunting and fishing, making the sports less accessible. In addition, hunting groups argue that ammunition doesn't fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act because it is subject to a federal excise tax.
The full petition can be found on the Center for Biological Diversity's website. The EPA has 90 days to respond to the petition.