Lead Ban Chronicles – AB711 Goes To A Vote

August 30, 2013

Lead Ban ChroncilesIt’s time.

AB711 is supposed to go to a vote today.  If it passes, there’s no question that Governor Brown will sign it into law.  Honestly, I’m not hopeful that common sense and reason will carry the day… but who knows?  Stranger things have happened.

Anyway, there’s still time, California sportsmen, to get on the phones and call your representatives.  Tell them that this law is ill-formed and will serve no positive ends.  It will not help the environment.  It will not protect human health.  And it will do nothing to further the survival of the California condor or any other wildlife populations.

And then hope for the best.


4 Responses to “Lead Ban Chronicles – AB711 Goes To A Vote”

  1. Josh on August 30th, 2013 08:13

    I find myself reasonably commonsensical, & I don’t oppose the regulation.

    Honestly, this bill represents a major lost opportunity by the hunting advocacy community. Consider the author, an up-and-comer from a deeply urban and very poor part of California. This man is not an environmentalist in the traditional sense of the word — rather, he is a man concerned with social justice and governance issues. He is much more closely aligned with the environmental justice movement, which has sharp disagreements with environmentalists over many issues, & represent many communities whose members subsistence hunt and fish and have a distrust of the police.

    Or (as you do), consider the topic. We’ve seen this coming for nearly a decade, & yet, no organizing effort one way or another, no attempts to reach out to the “other” side or educate the general public — instead, just a fear-monger campaign to its own membership, asking them to donate against the cause, and of course, buy more.

    This is why the hunting advocacy community fails.

  2. Phillip on August 30th, 2013 09:37

    Josh, while it’s not news that you and I don’t see eye-to-eye about the legislation itself, on this thing we definitely agree… this, and AB821 (the initial lead ammo ban) were absolutely perfect examples of the failure of hunting advocacy, especially from the organizations on which too many hunters rely.

    There was no need for the issue to become a political donnybrook, but it did and the resultant polarization instantly blocked the best course for a reasoned and productive resolution. There should have been outreach and education, but CA hunters instead got propaganda and outright lies… from BOTH sides of the argument. It’s a damned shame as much for what is already lost as for the hurdles it places in front of future opportunities.

  3. Josh on August 30th, 2013 11:30

    Thanks, Phillip.

    I’ve been on the lookout for an organization that does what we suggest, but I’ve yet to find it. The closest thing is Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, which, though great, looks a whole lot like Trout Unlimited — including the perception of not being too accessible to the crowd I’d like to see weighing in.

    I want to see people organizing in poor, diverse neighborhoods. I wamt somebody organizing Hming and Russian hunters, Latino and Laotian fishermen.

    They are out there, forced to eat mercury-laden fish (with no help from size limits) and hunt with lead, and watching their public access get whittled away at the margins of development.

  4. Phillip on August 30th, 2013 11:59

    Yeah, it’s a shame that COHA appears to have dissolved, as I think it was the first, best hope for CA hunters. They may not have been perfect, but what I saw of the organization was promising.