‘As a responsible society, recognising the inherent dangers, we have already taken action and regulated to cut lead from petrol, from paint and from water pipes. But, despite the evidence and our previous moves to regulate other sources of exposure, we have not yet banned the use of lead by shooters completely. With softer restrictions on the use of lead ammunition having been widely flouted, the time has come to embrace the growing body of evidence and for all lead shot and bullets to be replaced with non-toxic alternatives.‘
Yesterday his office issued a press release emphasising the need to remove toxic ammunition from our lives. Mr Cunningham said
‘I was saddened that the Minister does not see fit to heed the extensive evidence of lead’s toxicity at this time and the danger this threatens to animals and humans – evidence further confirmed earlier this month by the latest research published by the influential Oxford Lead Symposium.
To avoid these risks, we need positive actions to close the existing regulatory gaps and meet our international commitments rather than passivity. I was pleased the Minister at least said DEFRA was still considering the evidence, but it is high time that we stopped ducking this problem and took a common sense approach to regulating lead ammunition.‘.
To help bring this message home to the government and Defra ministers, please sign Rob Sheldon’s e-petition to ban toxic ammunition.