The RSPB’s statements at the weekend have wrapped up within them a return to a publicly prominent position on lead ammunition. This must partly be because Debbie Pain is now an RSPB Council member. Since Debbie and I (in our previous existences) wrote to the Labour ministers in 2009 calling for a review of the environmental impacts of lead ammunition the RSPB has been rather quiet on the subject, failing miserably, as did WWT, to back, in any meaningful way, calls for a ban on lead ammunition. The RSPB has had a policy of wanting lead to be phased out (aka banned) for years but has been utterly limp in pressing this point.
Since Saturday, the lead issue is centre stage again – see RSPB Chair, Kevin Cox’s statement of RSPB position;
we believe that new laws backed up by tougher enforcement will be needed to end … the use of lead ammunitionhttps://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/martinharper/posts/outcome-of-the-rspb-s-review-of-gamebird-shooting-and-associated-land-management
And that statement by the Chair of Council will ‘guide the RSPB’s future advocacy and communications’.
If I were Rob Sheldon, who set up the last UK e-petition calling for a ban on lead ammunition in 2016, I’d be writing to the RSPB asking how they would like the next petition to be worded in order to gain their unequivocal and enthusiastic support…