European raptors including eagles, goshawks and vultures significantly reduced in number due to lead ammunition poisoning

European raptors including eagles, goshawks and vultures significantly reduced in number due to lead ammunition poisoning

According to the first study to evaluate these implications across Europe, poisoning caused by preying on or scavenging animals shot by hunters using lead ammunition has left many raptors—or birds of prey—far smaller than they should be. When birds such as eagles and Red Kites scavenge carcasses or consume injured animals with toxic lead pieces […]

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The voluntary phase-out of lead shot in the UK has had almost no effect, with lead discovered in 99.5 percent of birds killed

The voluntary phase-out of lead shot in the UK has had almost no effect, with lead discovered in 99.5 percent of birds killed

According to a survey, a voluntary phase-out of lead shot in the UK had almost no effect, with 99.5 percent of birds killed containing the hazardous metal. While other sectors have been compelled to phase out lead, which has been banned from paint and fuel for decades, shooters are still allowed to use it, despite […]

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Bald eagle rebound stunted by poisoning from lead ammunition

Bald eagle rebound stunted by poisoning from lead ammunition

Bald eagle populations have slowly recovered from near devastation after the government banned DDT in 1972, but another ongoing issue has weakened that rebound—lead poisoning from gunshot ammunition. A new study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, finds that despite increasing numbers of bald eagles, poisoning from eating dead carcasses or parts contaminated by […]

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Is it the last blast for lead shot? Biggest shake-up in 500 years for game shooting as ban looms on ‘toxic’ ammunition

Is it the last blast for lead shot? Biggest shake-up in 500 years for game shooting as ban looms on ‘toxic’ ammunition

Under consideration is the phasing out of lead ammunition across all environments in England, Scotland and Wales. Shooting organisations say that the full legal ban could take as long as eight years to come into force – although they are encouraging their members to move to non-lead ammunition within the next four years. Tim Bonner, […]

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