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Study: Lead in game meat worse than thought

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 7:15 am in Lead bullets.

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Interesting piece below from the weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. /Gary

July 14, 2010: Study shows lead in game meat is worse than thought

Lead poisoning is widely known as a grave threat to California condors, golden eagles and other species. These birds sometimes die after ingesting lead bullet fragments while scavenging carcasses shot with lead ammunition.

Evidence is mounting, however, that humans, especially children and pregnant women, are also at risk.

California condor (USFWS)
condor flying

According to a new scientific study, lead levels in some cooked game meat exceed the European Union’s maximum-allowed levels.

Depending on the species and recipe used, 20 percent to 87.5 percent of cooked meat sampled had dangerous levels of lead, even after lead pellets were removed. This is particularly dangerous for children, people with existing health issues and those who eat large quantities of lead-shot game.

The good news, as “Science Daily” confirms, is that hunters can now use safe nontoxic alternatives to lead bullets — and, for their own health, should.

Because California condors are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, the Center for Biological Diversity in 2004 began pushing for a non-lead ammunition requirement for hunting throughout the bird’s California range — which they won in 2007. Now they’ve expanded their Get the Lead Out campaign to protect condors in Arizona and Utah, as well as other wildlife — including eagles, falcons, herons, doves and even humans — across the entire country.

Read more in “Science Daily”

And learn about the Center’s “Get The Lead Out” campaign

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