This article by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust on lead ammunition is well worth a read.
James Robinson, Director of Conservation, is quoted as saying:
Health, surely, is at the forefront of all our minds right now, yet countries blocking this proposal are passing up a golden opportunity to protect the health of their citizens, their wildlife, and their environment.
When I tell people about the poisonous effects of lead ammunition, their first response is always, ‘but isn’t it banned already?’ and I have to tell them, ‘no’.
Lead is one of the WHO’s ten most toxic human poisons, yet still over 20,000 tonnes is scattered by shotguns across the European countryside every single year. Shooting concentrates it in the very places where wild birds breed and feed and it poisons four million birds each year, and kills a quarter of those.
And it doesn’t just poison birds, it contaminates the soil and enters the human food chain, where it affects unborn babies of pregnant mothers and reduces children’s IQ.
This is not an issue on which any country should sit on the fence, let alone Germany with its influence and green credentials.https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/2020/06/26/lead-shot-ban-on-knife-edge/19017?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn
… and …
The health of four million birds and countless people is on a knife-edge but it’s not too late. We and our conservation partners across Europe will not give up until toxic lead is consigned to history.
We’re calling upon agriculture and environment ministers to back this proposal. And if you’re an EU citizen please contact your ministers to urge them to do the right thing for health.https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/2020/06/26/lead-shot-ban-on-knife-edge/19017?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn
Well, I’m not an EU citizen anymore…
I welcome these strong words from WWT, and it is an organisation, as itself says, which has a long history of research on this subject but its advocacy has been low-key and its campaigning has been almost non-existent. Its cafes should have had posters about lead in food and its hundreds of thousands of visitors should have been informed over the years of what they could do get lead banned. And the RSPB could and should have done more too.