By Rev. Thomas Davidson 1856-1923 (ed.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Do you remember that the Shooting Times were given a copy of a WWT Council paper on their position on lead ammunition
back in the spring? As I said at the time, it’s hardly surprising that a nature conservation organisation is against the use of a type of ammunition that poisons some of its victims as well as killing some by more conventional means. Accidental ingestion of lead by wildfowl (who mistake the shot for grit or in some cases perhaps for snails or seeds) and raptors (who ingest tiny fragments which distribute themselves through shot carcasses) are important causes of mortality.
And so, it comes as no surprise to learn that the RSPB has recently hardened its policy stance on lead ammunition to be against the use of lead gunshot and will also seek controls on the possession and sale of lead gunshot and the sale of birds shot with lead.
Denmark did all of this, and more, years ago. It’s not a threat to shooting, it’s a threat to irresponsible spreading of poisons through the environment and food chains (including human food chains).