Discussion Topic: Should Lead Sinkers Be Banned?

From Vermont's Brattleboro Reformer:

_If lakes and ponds ever freeze over this winter, ice anglers won't be able to use lead to sink their lines.

As of the first of the year, lead sinkers, half- ounce or smaller, are illegal for use and sale in Vermont.

The new law, which was passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2004, came out of a concern for wildlife lead poisoning. Those caught using lead sinkers could lose their fishing licenses for up to three years._

What do you think? Should lead sinkers small enough to be ingested by loons, eagles, herons, kingfishers, be banned everywhere they post a threat?