Early Day Motions are used to highlight issues. Well done to Caroline Lucas and her four cosignatories for raising the issue of lead ammunition in this way.
The text of their EDM is as follows:
That this House notes that even low levels of lead are toxic to humans and other animals and that in the UK, lead was banned from use in petrol, paint and water pipes decades ago, with most other uses strictly controlled; further notes that lead ammunition (gunshot and bullets) remains a glaring and largely unregulated exception; expresses concern that at least 5000 tonnes of lead ammunition is deposited into the UK environment annually, accumulating a toxic legacy and causing suffering and death to large numbers of birds; is alarmed that in England, even the limited restrictions from 1999 banning certain uses of lead gunshot are largely ignored; is deeply concerned that an estimated 50,000 – 100,000 wildfowl die of lead poisoning each winter in the UK; firmly believes that individuals, NGOs and statutory agencies that manage land must ensure that any shooting that takes place on their land uses non-toxic ammunition; and calls on the Government to put the UK on the front foot by introducing a ban on the sale, possession and use of all lead ammunition across the UK.https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/52444/ban-on-the-sale-possession-and-use-of-lead-ammunition
I’ll be writing to my MP to ask him to sign this EDM – I doubt he will, but there’s no harm in asking.
You could ask your MP to sign too – why not? Don’t bother if your MP is a minister, whip or PPS as they do not normally sign EDMs. Nor do the Speaker or Deputy Speakers. But that leaves hundreds of MPs who shou.ld be asked to sign and made aware of the issue.
I’ll keep you informed of the progress of the amassing of signatures as time passes.