Europe and Central Asia
23 Oct 2020

5 Reasons to ban lead shot in wetlands

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) ©Thomas Landgren, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
By Marianna Colonna

Lead is poison for birds, biodiversity and people.

Lead-based hunting pollutes our environment and endangers animals and people. It needs to be banned. Banning lead shot in wetlands doesn’t mean banning hunting: safer alternatives to lead shot are available to hunters. The point of banning lead shot is to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable environment for everyone, hunters included.

On the 3rd of September, a European Commission committee put forward a proposal to ban lead shot in wetlands. On the 29th of October, the European Parliament will vote on this proposal.

#Banlead: support the EU Green Deal and European citizens’ demand to protect environmental and human health.




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