February 21, 2013
Lead Ammo: Animal Groups Push for Blanket Ban in California
By Chad Love
California hunters — who already must hunt with lead-free ammo across the range of the California condor — are now facing a new push to ban all lead hunting ammunition statewide.
From this story on mercurynews.com:
Fresh off a wave of success in the state Capitol last year, animal welfare groups are taking aim at a new target this year: hunting with lead ammunition. The Humane Society, Audubon California and Defenders of Wildlife are behind a major push to make California the first state to ban lead ammunition for all types of hunting, setting the stage for a showdown with some hunters and adding another layer to the heated gun control debate. The state already bans lead ammunition for hunters in the range of the endangered California condor, but environmentalists say a statewide ban is needed because overwhelming scientific evidence shows condors, bald eagles and other birds are still dying from lead poisoning when they eat dead deer and other animals shot by hunters.
Thoughts? Reaction? What do you think, California hunters? Is this inevitable, or a winnable fight?