Lead Ban Chronicles – Iowa Dove Update and Lead Shot Ban In UK Causes An Uproar

May 14, 2012

So it looks like the Governor of Iowa has stepped in and rescinded the lead shot ban for dove hunters in that state.  Despite the initial passage of the law to prohibit dove hunters from using lead shot, and his initial support of that ban, Governor Brandstad has changed his tune.

According to an article (one of several on the topic) in the Globe Gazette, Branstad expected the State Legislature to take up the issue.  When they failed to do so, he stepped in.

“We need to make sure that we stop this practice of agencies going beyond what’s  been delegated to them and their responsibility,” Branstad said during a  Statehouse ceremony.

Of course the Iowa Sierra Club and the HSUS are upset about the decision, and it looks like the Sierra Club may be reviewing legal responses.  I get the feeling we haven’t heard the end of this.

While that simmers, let’s take a quick hop across the pond, shall we?  (Did that sound “cosmopolitan” enough?)

It appears that our little lead-ban world here in the US is not as unique as some of us may think.  The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is an environmental and conservation organization in the UK, and they are now calling for a nationwide ban of lead shot on the basis that it may present a health risk to humans who consume lead-shot meat.

This isn’t going over particularly well.  As you might expect, British shooters and  hunters argue that there’s simply no evidence that lead ammo is a human health risk.

Mr Pierre White, a keen shooter, said: ‘People have been shooting with lead for generations, why would you want to change it?

‘If you want to talk about pollution, let’s talk about petrol and industry. The bottom line is that they are trying to ban shooting.

‘This is a decision made by people who have nothing else to do.’

Sound familiar?

What may create an even more complicated issue is the fact that Prince Charles and many of the “Royals” are avid sportsmen, while Queen Elizabeth II is listed as a patron of the WWT.  “Curiouser and curiouser,” as Alice said.

The whole discussion actually sounds exactly like the debates being waged here in the States.  Check out the article in The Mail Online.  The article is short, and well worth a read.  If nothing else, it gives an unusual perspective on the lead ban debates going on in the U.S.




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