The Lead Ammunition Group was set up in April 2010 and has made pitifully slow progress.
The latest minutes of the group include this short statement:
‘The group received a presentation by Dr Ruth Cromie on the WWT Wildlife Health Unit compliance monitoring investigation and perceived barriers to behaviour change. The study results suggest that there has been no improvement in levels of compliance.‘
Really? You mean that after last summer’s Game Fair majoring on the importance of sticking to the law (not using lead ammunition to shoot wildfowl because it has been illegal for over a decade) and a well-publicised campaign by all the ‘responsible’ shooting orientated organisations, there has been no improvement in the levels of legal compliance? What? Really?!
In other words, people with guns are routinely breaking environmental laws because they can. And the organisations representing these people appear powerless to influence their members. The message that those organisations promoted was simple: if you want to keep lead, keep to the law. Shooters are not keeping to the law, and there has been no improvement over more than a decade.
It’s time to ban the use of lead ammunition in the UK as has been done in many other parts of the world. Why allow criminal activity to persist?