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Ellen Degeneres Urges Governor to Ban Lead Ammunition

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Lead ammunition is posing a real threat to wildlife, as well as humans.

Assembly Bill 711, which was passed by the California State Senate, would phase out lead ammunition in an effort to protect California’s wildlife.

In an action alert from the ASPCA, the organization says, “Many birds ingest left behind shot fragments while eating and die slow, agonizing deaths. Their carcasses, laced with the toxic substance, can cause coyotes, eagles, bears and other wildlife to suffer secondary poisoning. Lead poisoning produces a variety of symptoms in victims, including paralyzed limbs and digestive systems, brain swelling, organ failure and permanent cell damage.”

The national death toll of wild animals may be in the tens of millions. Some researchers estimate that more than 10 million mourning doves – just one species – die from lead poisoning every year. Lead ammunition is also a threat to human safety. A study conducted by the North Dakota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “shows a link between eating wild game shot with lead bullets and higher blood lead levels.”

A.B. 711 now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

Ellen Degeneres announced her support of the bill yesterday on Twitter by writing, “Hi @JerryBrownGov. If you love animals, please sign legislation AB711 to ban lead ammunition. Your favorite constituent, Ellen.”

Ellen doesn’t have to be alone. You can also make your voice heard by signing this petition put together by The Humane Society of the United States.

There is already a nationwide requirement for the use of non-lead shot when hunting ducks, which was enacted in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.

Several years ago, California adopted a non-lead ammunition requirement for hunting in the habitat of the critically endangered condor, after lead poisoning was identified as the greatest threat to the survival of the bird population.

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  • ericmills

    Join Ellen in support of AB 711. And please hurry. Bills must be signed or vetoed by October 13.

    Governor Jerry Brown
    The State Capitol
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    tel. 916/445-2841
    fax 916/558-3160
    email – see website: http://www.gov.ca.gov

    x
    Eric Mills, coordinator
    ACTION FOR ANIMALS
    Oakland

  • Social Justice

    There is absolutely no, none, ziltch scientific proof of the statement in this article. When California enacted a limited lead ammunition ban in 2008, some members of the Condor recovery community were skeptical about the implementation of an anti-lead regulation. Chris Parish, head of The Peregrine Fund’s condor recovery operation in Arizona, said the following: “You’ll find that the people behind the ban were not the ones doing the work on the ground actually talking to and working with hunters. Many who have advocated for a ban could care less about your and my ability to hunt.” Perhaps those who actually work with Condors know something the outside advocacy groups either do not know or are unwilling to admit: hunting benefits condor recovery. Without hunters, millions of wildlife preservation and enhancement funds would disappear; hunters pay license fees and a very large (10% or more) tax on firearms and ammunition. Those funds, which total hundreds of millions of dollars each year, are one of the key funding sources for programs like, and including, the California Condor Recovery Program. Without these funds, the tenuous progress of Condor recovery might be lost. AB711 relates to politics not science or condors. – See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2013/09/27/debate-on-lead-ammo-ban-defies-political-stereotypes/#comment-38824
    Ellen should stick to TV, she knows something about that.

  • Brian James

    Like many Californians with a brain who live in the real world instead of relying on celebrity and millions of dollars, I completely oppose the proposed ban on lead ammo as well as the majority of gun related bills on Brown’s desk. I urge people to contact the governor and demand his VETO. Go to http://www.demandrights.com and send him a letter.

  • Brian James

    Didn’t like my civil rights opinion, so you moderated me out. Nice stance on free speech.

  • Social Justice

    When California enacted a limited lead ammunition ban in 2008, some members of the Condor recovery community were skeptical about the implementation of an anti-lead regulation. Chris Parish, head of The Peregrine Fund’s condor recovery operation in Arizona, said the following: “You’ll find that the people behind the ban were not the ones doing the work on the ground actually talking to and working with hunters. Many who have advocated for a ban could care less about your and my ability to hunt.” Perhaps those who actually work with Condors know something the outside advocacy groups either do not know or are unwilling to admit: hunting benefits condor recovery. Without hunters, millions of wildlife preservation and enhancement funds would disappear; hunters pay license fees and a very large (10% or more) tax on firearms and ammunition. Those funds, which total hundreds of millions of dollars each year, are one of the key funding sources for programs like, and including, the California Condor Recovery Program. Without these funds, the tenuous progress of Condor recovery might be lost. AB711 relates to politics not science or condors.

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