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Lead Bullets Lead Us a Merry Dance
18 Aug 2009
[In Afrikaans]

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There was mixed reaction to last week's Pot-Shot story on the possibility of banning lead bullets. There were those who considered it unfounded, even irresponsible, while others advocated the banning of lead bullets.

Pot-Shot is certainly not advocating the banning of lead bullets forthwith. At the same time we cannot close our eyes to realities and to what is happening in other First World countries, such as the United States, Sweden and Denmark.

1. The US army has already issued an environmentally friendly "green bullet" that contains a non-polluting tungsten core instead of lead, which contaminates the soil and air around firing ranges. The armed forces use between 300 million and 400 million rounds of small-calibre ammunition each year.

2. Lead poisoning occurs when eagles eat carrion or live prey shot with lead bullets or otherwise contaminated (such as waterfowl who dabble lead sinkers). Although lead shot for waterfowl has been banned in the US, it is still legal and commonly used in Canada where efforts are underway to ban lead shot.

3. The State of California introduced a partial ban on the shooting of lead bullest in areas where the Condor is present. This had the support of the State's hunting fraternity.

4. Lead bullets were banned by Norway in 1995 and in Denmark in 1996. Sweden completed their ban in 2008.

5. Wisconsin health department did a research on lead in venison and it can be read at www.atsdr.cdc.gov

There are certainly not very overhelming research to support the ban of lead bullets but as we know from experience governments does not need a lot of evidence if they want to introduce bans of this nature.

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