- WILDLIFE AND
Hunting is being attacked as part of a campaign to ban the use of traditional ammunition – comprised of lead core components. Across the country anti-lead ammunition and anti-hunting groups have lobbied wildlife commissions, state legislatures, and state and federal agencies to ban the use of traditional ammunition, claiming that scavenging animals consume lead projectiles left in the carcasses or gut piles of game taken by hunters.
There is substantial evidence, however, that the groups behind the attack on the use of lead ammunition have based their claims on faulty science. Many of the scientific papers used to support lead ammunition bans have consistently been critiqued for questionable scientific practices. These researchers have used flawed scientific methodology and have selectively cherry picked data to support their preconceived conclusions, while they routinely ignored alternative sources of lead in the environment.
In 2007, proponents of one of the nation’s first lead bans, California Assembly Bill (AB) 821, claimed that California condors were being poisoned by consuming lead ammunition. They promised that if hunters stopped using lead ammunition in the condor range, then the lead poisoning would cease.
But, a comparison of pre-ban and post-ban blood-lead data from condors in the condor range indicates that the incidence of lead exposure and toxicity remains static or has actually increased slightly. This has compounded the problem and left multiple condors dead. The failure of California’s lead ammunition ban to decrease leadpoisoning, proves conclusively that alternative sources of lead in the environment that is causing lead poisoning. This reality should not be ignored because of an ill-conceived agenda to ban lead ammunition.
Since 2003, Hunt for Truth has raised serious questions about the purported nexus between traditional ammunition and lead poisoning and/or mortality in California condors and other wildlife. In distorting the truth behind the debate regarding the use of lead ammunition, activists endanger public interests, threaten hunters’ and recreational shooters’ rights, stifle valid conservationist efforts and, ironically, threaten the fragile California condor population and other natural resources that they purport to champion.
Wildlife and natural resource conservation groups within the hunting and shooting sport industry continue to review various regulatory threats to traditional hunting and recreational shooting. Where the science unquestionably supports wise conservation management decisions, we support wildlife managers in their efforts to conserve our natural wildlife resources. But, when the anti-lead ammunition movement offers politically biased, distorted, unsupportable and/or faulty science to impose regulations that do not implement sound wildlife conservation, we will work tirelessly to expose their distorted agenda and disseminate the truth.
This site will provide you with up to date information regarding the push for expanding the lead ammunition ban in individual states as well as well as at the national level. Hunt for Truth dispels the MYTHS about lead ammunition and explains the SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that we have gathered which refutes the theory that lead ammunition is the source of WILDLIFE ISSUES. Furthermore, by EXPOSING THE TRUTH behind the campaign to ban the use of lead ammunition as a politically bias agenda based on faulty science, we hope to educate our visitors about the LEGAL aspects of the lead ammunition ban campaign and keep our visitors up to date with the latest NEWS on what’s occurring at the scientific and political stages.