By Gary Bogue
Thursday, July 26th, 2007 at 7:44 am in Animal protection legislation.
Condors are dying from lead poisoning … and there aren’t … very … many … left.
Thought this letter might interest you (see below). Please do as Eric says and write your legislators and ask them to support AB 821. This is a VERY important bill. Thanks!
From Eric Mills, Action for Animals:
Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced AB 821, which would ban the use of lead shot for hunting big game and coyotes in condor habitat. The bill has passed the Assembly, and is now on the Senate floor. It deserves broad public support.
It is enlightening to consider the dozen organizations which have submitted letters of opposition to this commonsense legislation:
California Association of Firearms Retailers, California Outdoor Heritage Alliance, California Rifle & Pistol Association, California Sportsman’s Lobby, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows, Dept. of Fish & Game, Gun Owners of California, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Outdoor Sportsmen’s Coalition of California, Safari Club International, Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute.
So much for “hunter ethics.” All legislators may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Sincerely, Eric Mills, coordinator ACTION FOR ANIMALS, P.O. Box 20184, Oakland, CA 94620 — 510-652-5603
As I said above, please write your legislators and ask them to save the lives of the VERY FEW remaining California condors and SUPPORT AB 821.
(PS: Don’t you just LOVE that list of organizations OPPOSING this bill?? Curious)
More on lead exposure and condors: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/species/condor/Condor-Lead-Science.pdf