Remember last Wednesday’s big news (see our previous coverage)? Results from the CDC’s highly anticipated wild-game-meat-consumption study finally came in. No participant had a lead level higher than the agency’s recommended threshold or even above the national average. And the National Shooting Sports Foundation flatly declared game meat safe, writing:
The CDC report . . . has confirmed . . . that traditional ammunition poses no health risk to people and that the call to ban lead ammunition was nothing more than a scare tactic being pushed by anti-hunting groups.
Yet here’s how the Humane Society of the United States interprets the same results, from a press release on their website:
The Humane Society of the United States renewed a call for a nationwide ban on lead-shot ammunition after the North Dakota Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of a lead study last week. According to preliminary findings, North Dakotans who ate wildlife killed with lead bullets had higher levels of lead in their blood than people who ate little or no meat from wild animals.
“If there was any doubt about the urgent need to rid our country of lead ammunition, here is proof positive,” said Andrew Page, senior director of the Wildlife Abuse Campaign for The HSUS. “Extremist hunters have long contaminated watersheds and habitat, dooming animals to slow and painful deaths. Now that hunters know their actions are directly putting themselves and other people at risk, there are no more excuses to use the ammo that just keeps on killing.”