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Get The Lead Out! Help save birds and other wildlife (and you)

Bald eagle. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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GET THE LEAD OUT!

Dear readers:
Please read the information below and do what you can to help GET THE LEAD OUT! As you can see, this is vitally important for you, me, and all the other living creatures on this planet. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Gary:
We’ve taken dangerous lead out of paint, gasoline, water pipes and even cooking utensils. But perversely, we continue to allow lead to poison and kill millions of birds and other animals in the wild each year. This wildlife epidemic is entirely preventable.

That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 140 other groups recently petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate lead in hunting ammunition. Fragments of lead bullets are often left in game that’s shot in the wild, and spent lead shotgun pellets can litter popular hunting areas at densities of more than 400,000 pellets per acre. Bald eagles, California condors, trumpeter swans and dozens of other bird species are poisoned when they consume lead-tainted game or ingest toxic lead shot. Some birds merely get sick, but millions die of lead poisoning annually.
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Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
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Save bald eagles: get the lead out!

Bald eagle (Brian Murphy/Walnut Creek, CA)
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The information below is from “Endangered earth Online,” the weekly e-newsletter of the center for Biological Diversity. Please read it. It’s very important … especially to bald and golden eagles, California condors and other birds of prey and wild bird and mammal scavengers … and yes, humans, too. Lead poisoning is nasty business. especially lead poisoning that we humans have the power to end immediately … if we want to. Thanks for caring. /Gary
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Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
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Study: Lead in game meat worse than thought

Photo by Flickr user Ann Nguyen Photography used under a Creative Commons License
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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.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
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Lead poisoning: New bill gets the lead out of California wildlife areas

Condor. Photo by Flickr user IvyMike used under a Creative Commons License
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Just got my July 1, 2010 “Endangered Earth Online,”  my weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. And as usual, it contains an article (see below) I want to share with you about wildlife and lead poisoning. /Gary

New Bill Gets the Lead Out of California Wildlife Areas
In another victory in the transition to nontoxic ammunition for hunting, the California Assembly has passed a bill banning the use of lead shot in California’s 667,000-acre network of state-owned wildlife-management areas.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
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Lead poisoning could kill celebrated California condor chick

Condor photo by Flickr user IvyMike used under a Creative Commons License.
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Just got “Endangered Earth Online,”  my weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. And as usual, it contains an article (see below) I need to share with you concerning lead poisoning and California condors.

It’s really sad that lead poisoning is even a problem at all. It’s so easy to fix, you know … just STOP USING LEAD BULLETS! /Gary
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Posted on Friday, June 25th, 2010
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Lead poisoning kills condors, bald eagles; poisons grizzlies

Condor. Photo by Flickr user IvyMike used under a Creative Commons License
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Here’s a California condor lead poisoning update from the latest weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. We’ve GOT to get the lead out of the environment! /Gary

From “Endangered Earth Online,” Feb. 25, 2010:
We’re sad to report that three endangered California condors — a female, her yearling chick, and a young male — have died of lead poisoning in northern Arizona.
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Posted on Monday, March 1st, 2010
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It’s time to BAN lead bullets throughout California & the U.S.

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Just received this information from my friend Jeff Miller, Conservation Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. /Gary

From Jeff:

Hunters Embrace Lead-free Ammunition Regulations in California

More New Non-toxic Bullets Available to Prevent Condor Poisonings
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Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2009
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California Condor gets lead-free protection from toxic heavy metal

California Condor photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Scott Frier
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Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council Help Extend Lead-Ammunition Ban to Protect Iconic Birds

LOS ANGELES — A settlement announced today between environmentalists and the State of California will strengthen protections for California condors by placing limits on the use of ammunition containing lead throughout the species’ range.
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Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2008
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Hunters need to get the lead out of bullets — nationwide

According to a press release I just received from Audubon California, the California Condor recovery effort is at a crossroads.

A recent report shows that lead in the environment — which nearly drove the condor to extinction — still blocks the huge bird from living in the wild without human support.

A concerted effort from government and non-profit agencies begun in the early 1980s to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction has been more successful than many in the field ever thought it would be, according to a report released last week from a blue ribbon panel of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

However, unless the primary threat to the condor — lead in its food chain — is removed, the endangered bird will continue to rely upon considerable support from humans if it is to survive.
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Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Lead bullets: Time for nationwide ban on use of lead for ALL hunting & fishing?

I received this letter from Eric Mills, coordinator for ACTION FOR ANIMALS in Oakland, California, while I was on vacation last week :

Gary:
In response to the California Fish & Game Commission’s 12/7/07 commendable action on the lead ammunition issue (banning use of lead ammo in the endangered California Condor refuge), I sent out the following:

“Note that .22-caliber lead ammo is banned, a nice surprise not included in Assemblyman Pedro Nava’s AB 821. The vote was 3:1. High time we got a fifth commissioner, before we end up with any tie votes on other issues. What we REALLY need, of course, is a nationwide ban on the use of lead for ALL hunting and fishing.”

AND I RECEIVED (AMONGST OTHERS) THE FOLLOWING TWO-WORD RESPONSE:

“I agree.”(Huey Johnson, Director, RESOURCE RENEWAL INSTITUTE, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco)

(Mr. Johnson gave me his permission to circulate his reply.)

Might now be the time to attempt state legislation for such a ban? And if not for both hunting and fishing, then perhaps just for upland gamebird hunting? I would like to hear your thoughts on this, pro and con.

The toxic properties of lead have been well documented for decades, even hundreds of years. With good reason we’ve banned its use in gasoline, in paint, in ceramic dishes, etc. And for the hunting of waterfowl some 20 years ago, and the duck hunting community didn’t collapse, as some irrationally feared.

And now we’ve banned lead in condor country, surely a step in the right direction. Nor is it only the condors which are impacted. Scavengers such as eagles, vultures, coyotes, ravens, magpies, badgers, dogs, etc., also suffer and die from ingesting spent lead shot. Recent studies in Missouri have shown that quail, doves and other upland gamebirds also fall victim. And probably a few humans.

It’s time to go the next step, for the sake of the environment and our beleaguered wildlife. Surely this is a matter of common sense, environmental protection, and hunter/fisher ethics.

I would appreciate any comments … regards, and Season’s Greetings,
Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS

Dear Blog readers:
I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks about Eric’s suggestion, as he says, pro or con. Just click on “leave a comment” below and fire away (no lead, please). /Gary

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2007
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