Discussion Topic Update: Hunters Call Lead Warning “Alarmist”

Food pantries in three states have now pulled venison from their shelves since a North Dakota physician and hunter found high levels of lead in CT-scanned meat (see our previous news coverage ). State health officials say Dr. William Cornatzer's findings are inconclusive, but have told pantries to throw out donated venison as a precaution, sparking sharp criticism from hunting groups. From and AP story on YahooNews:

_"It's alarmist and not supported by any science," said Lawrence Keane, a vice president and lawyer for the Newton, Conn.-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. "High quality protein is now taken out of the mouths of needy, hungry people. . . ."

Safari Club International's Sportsmen Against Hunger program donated 317,000 pounds of venison last year to the needy, said Doug Burdin, a lawyer for the Tucson, Ariz.-based group. . . .

"Hunters are doing something they love and helping others at the same time. This is disheartening, and we certainly don't think this program should come to an end on the unscientific assessment that has occurred here."_

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