This is Lead Week on this blog.
These results are new but they are in line with previous studies – although with higher lead levels.
The Lead Ammunition Group provided a report to government on lead ammunition in early June. That report, which I haven’t seen, must be thick, dry and packed with statistics and information – much of it like these blogs, but written by real experts.
As well as any human health impacts of dietary lead there are nature conservation impacts too. Both aspects are expanded upon in this scientific symposium on lead ammunition.
Government is sitting on that report. Liz Truss – what are you waiting for? Why the delay? When will you publish the report in full? When will you respond to the report?
All of these impacts, on human health and nature conservation, could be avoided by banning lead ammunition – as other jurisdictions have already done (and for similar reasons – they are just years (in the case of Denmark, decades) ahead of us).
A member of the shooting community has set up an e-petition to keep toxic lead ammunition in use – and it is doing rather well. It seems that people who shoot for fun want the rest of us to continue to experience impacts from poisonous lead in our food and in harming our wildlife.
Rob Sheldon has set up an e-petition to call on government to ban toxic lead ammunition and it’s doing OK but not that well. Please sign this e-petition to ban toxic lead ammunition.