Health Risks in Lead-Based Ammunition
Scientific experts in lead and environmental health have published both a consensus statement and an editorial encouraging the reduction of lead-based ammunition used with the eventual elimination of lead-based ammunition.
- Health Risks from Lead-Based Ammunition in the Environment: A Consensus Statement of Scientists (190 KB PDF)
- Health Risks from Lead-Based Ammunition in the Environment An editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives, June 2013 (107 KB PDF)
Association of Avian Veterinarians announces position statement
The Association of Avian Veterinarians RECOGNIZES that lead is a potent toxin to wild birds that can have individual-and population-level effects. Therefore, the AAV advocates the replacement of lead-based sporting ammunition and fishing tackle with non-lead alternatives.
- Announcement in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (8.24 MB PDF)
- Background information from the Association of Avian Veterinarians (97 KB PDF)
American Fisheries Society Policy Statement on Lead in Sport Fishing Tackle
This statement from October 2012 defines the issue and lists policy and other needed actions. (251 KB PDF)
North American Falconers’ Association
NAFA has released a position statement on lead in hunting ammunition and fishing tackle. Read the statement on Fly Rod and Reel’s Blog from May 28, 2012.
Raptor Research Foundation supports use of non-toxic ammunition
The Raptor Research Foundation is an international, scientific society whose primary goal is the accumulation and dissemination of scientific information about raptors world-wide.
Read the RRF position statement written in July 2011 in support of non-toxic ammunition for hunting and refutes the claim of “no credible science.”