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Groups Seek Nationwide Ban on Traditional Ammunition

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Buckeye Dan, Aug 9, 2010.

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  1. Buckeye Dan

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    Also Seeks Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle

    8/5/10

    This week, two environmental groups filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking a nationwide ban on lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle. Such a ban would drastically reduce sportsmen numbers and result in decimated funding for wildlife conservation programs due to a loss of revenue from licenses and taxes on sporting equipment.

    The petition filed was filed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which regulates dangerous chemicals, on August 3 by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the American Bird Conservancy and several other groups. It claims that the use of traditional ammunition is dangerous to certain types of wildlife, including numerous birds, which scavenge on parts of game that remain in the field.

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) and other groups have repeatedly pointed out that scientific evidence connecting lead ammunition to the harm of most animal populations is inconclusive. However, there are real concerns that forcing sportsmen to purchase higher cost, non-lead ammunition will decrease the number of days spent in the field as it prices many out of the market.

    “It is important for everyone to remember that the engine that drives wildlife conservation is fueled by the dollars generated by the American sportsman,” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for government affairs. “In fact, sportsmen contribute nearly every dime used for managing wildlife and habitat preservation from coast to coast. Given our history of over 100 years of successful wildlife conservation, you would in essence be killing the goose that laid the golden egg with this meat cleaver approach.”

    Take Action! Sportsmen are encouraged to express their opposition to this petition by contacting the following Environmental Protection Agency staff. Let them know that sportsmen represent the foundation of America’s conservation movement and that this ban will result in a critical loss of funding for wildlife and other important programs:



    Lisa P. Jackson
    Administrator
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    (202) 564-4700
    Fax: (202) 501-1450
    Email: jackson.lisa@epa.gov

    And

    Steve Owens
    Assistant Administrator, Prevention, Pesticides & Toxic Substance
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    (202) 564-2902
    Fax: (202) 546-0801
    Email: owens.steve@epa.gov


    Note to mods:
    Put this where it belongs and will get the most exposure if I selected the wrong forum. I highly recommend a sticky in every forum as it pertains to all things hunting and fishing.
     
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    Can we start a petition to stop "environmental groups" from petitioning?
     
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    ^ Hey theres a good idea! Lets just squash the first amendment!
    There are some fantastic environmental groups by the way, as a hunter and fisherman I certainly want to see whats left of our world be preserved for my kids to enjoy as much as I have.
     
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    Wonder if they would eliminate lead wheel weights? There are zinc ones out there, but so long as I can get lead wheel weights, I will have my lead bullets and sinkers. But, dove hunting would get more expensive.
     
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    You are assuming that the ban is on the sale of lead ammo and tackle. If the ban is on the use of lead ammo and tackle you'll have a lot more difficulty than slightly more expensive dove hunting. Fish & Game cops checking magazines and tackle boxes. EPA shutting down ranges because too many guys are shooting banned lead ammo, etc.
     
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