Tell the EU to #BanLead!
One million birds die from lead poisoning in Europe each year. Many iconic species – such as Tundra Swan, White-tailed eagle and Greater Flamingo – perish after ingesting lead shot from expended ammunition cartridges. First the lead attacks their digestive system, and then they slowly and painfully starve to death... this is 'The Long Goodbye'.
But the only thing we should say 'goodbye' to is lead…
The EU’s European Chemicals Agency is currently considering a ban on the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands. It is running an online public consultation on the issue until 21st December.
HAVE YOUR SAY! – BirdLife Europe and Central Asia calls on all nature lovers to voice their support for a ban that makes sense for both birds and people.
Got two seconds to spare? (If you have more time, scroll down!)
Read our short statement below and if you agree with us, please tweet this message to the European Chemicals Agency by simply clicking on the 'I want to #BanLead!' button below. You can also like and share our Facebook post below.
Got 15 minutes to spare?
We strongly encourage you to participate in the European Chemicals Agency's public consultation. It's online, open to the public and consists of 3 short sections. Sections I and II ask for your name and country, and whether you are answering as an individual or as an organisation. In Section III, you can provide "A. General Comments" and/or answer "B. Specific Information" depending of your knowledge of the topic.
We recommend that you read BirdLife Europe and Central Asia's submission. Please feel free to echo our comments along with your own reflections!
You can also simply enter our short "Statement" above into the Section 3.A "General Comments" box.
Want to learn more? Take a look at the resources below!
Information on lead shot:
Proceedings of the 2014 Oxford Lead Symposium. Lead Ammunition: understanding and minimising the risks to human and environmental health.
Mateo, R. 2009. Lead poisoning in wild birds in Europe and the regulations adopted by different countries. In Ingestion of lead from spent ammunition: implications for wildlife and humans, eds. R. T. Watson, M. Fuller, M. Pokras, and W. G. Hunt. Boise: The Peregrine Fund. DOI 10.4080/ilsa.2009.0107Mateo, R. 2009. Lead poisoning in wild birds in Europe and the regulations adopted by different countries. In Ingestion of lead from spent ammunition: implications for wildlife and humans, eds. R. T. Watson, M. Fuller, M. Pokras, and W. G. Hunt. Boise: The Peregrine Fund. DOI 10.4080/ilsa.2009.0107
ECHA’s Public Consultation Documents:
Other relevant documents:
BirdLife Europe & RSPB, Evidence for a Restriction on Lead Shot in Wetlands
Birds and Habitats Directive Task Force, BirdLife's Position on Preventing the Poisoning of Birds in the European Union, 2014
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