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Lead ammunitions are being banned in wetlands across the EU

Big disclaimer from the beginning, I don't think hunting should be a thing, especially in threatened areas like wetlands, but this decision by the EU Commission will have a positive impact on biodiversity. Shooting birds using lead shot will be banned in all wetlands in the European Union from this week as well as in Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.

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In the EU, 44,000 tonnes of lead ends up in the environment every year; 57% from sports shooting, 32% from hunting, and 11% from fishing. And an estimated one million waterbirds die of lead poisoning in the EU every year. Lead shot is particularly problematic for waterbirds that ingest lead pellets, mistaking them for grit: small particles of stone or sand. Scavengers and predatory birds are poisoned by eating lead shot in their prey.
“With this ban, the EU has addressed a significant part of the problem. We now call on EU countries to make sure the ban is enforced," said Barbara Herrero, Senior EU Nature Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe an organisation that has been pushing this ban for 20 years.

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  • Evangeline Wanjiru

    71 w

    Embracing biodiversity

    • We Don't Have Time

      74 w

      Dear Sarah Chabane Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to European Commission and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time


        74 w

        The ban on lead ammunition is a positive step towards protecting the environment and human health. Lead ammunition can have harmful impacts on wildlife, as well as on humans who may consume meat that has been contaminated with lead. Lead is a toxic heavy metal that can cause a range of health effects, including developmental and neurological damage, especially in children.

        • Kamau WA Githinji

          74 w

          this promotes biodiversity a great deal, hats off to the EC for a job well done

          • Jennie

            74 w

            This is a great problem around shooting clubs were lead ammunition poisons the ground around and the water that flows through the area

            • Sarah Chabane

              74 w

              @Jennie_849 it is! So it's great to see the EU acting on this issue

            • Tabitha Kimani

              74 w

              Great protection measures by EC.

              • Kevin

                74 w

                Indeed a huge milestone here from the EC

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