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Both sides have identified preventable lead poisoning animals as the cause of massive fatalities among animals that feed on carcasses and gut piles filled with lead fragments after hunters leave them behind. But some wildlife officials and anti-lead advocates remain deeply ambivalent about a nationwide ban.
Most ammunition used at ranges is made of lead....between 400 and 600 tons of lead are used each day to make bullets and “a high proportion of it is left to clutter up shooting ranges.” It is no wonder,then, that numerous studies—since at least the 1970s—have documented that outdoor shooting ranges are major sources of lead pollution in the environment, and that indoor shooting ranges are significant sources of lead poisoning among people who use them.
Because lead dust settles on clothing, shoes, and accessories worn or used at the range, the families of persons who work at or use firing ranges are also subject to “take-home” exposure to lead dust. This can cause secondary lead poisoning, particularly in children....shooters can even contaminate their children’s clothing by washing them together with the clothes they wore to the range.
James S Saint wrote:Leadaphobia has nothing at all to do with environmental or human health and never has. It is merely and in a variety of ways, for keeping the top above the bottom, much like chlorine and cancer.
Lead or depleted uranium?? talk about a false dilemma. There are other choices out there and I don't think duck hunters can go down to the ammo shop and buy depleted uranium rounds, though, if we are talking about the US, who knows.....Contra-Nietzsche wrote:Enviromentalists believe being shot with lead bullets are unhealthy for you, and tried to outlaw them. I am a bit stumped on this one....... so like, lead bad, depleated uranium good? I honestly dont all that care what kind of bullet I am shot with, and it would be no less reassuring to be as I lay there dying than for my killer to walk up to me and assure me I was killed with organic or enviromentally friendly bullets. Fucking green party.
In North Dakota, a hunter has raised concerns about lead's potential impact on humans.
Dr. William Cornatzer, a dermatologist and falconer, saw a presentation about the potential dangers of lead at a board meeting of the Peregrine Fund, a group devoted to conserving birds of prey. He decided to collect and test venison samples that were going to be donated to a local program for the hungry. About half of the 100 samples -- all shot by hunters -- tested positive for lead, he said. Food banks and shelters pulled the meat from their shelves after the report.
"When we did this, I about fell out of my shoes," he said. "The scary thing is these fragments are almost like dust in the meat. They're not like metal fragments you would feel when you bite down."
States in the area started investigating the issue after Cornatzer's findings.
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