Friday, May 31, 2013

State Assembly Passes AB 711 Limiting Use of Lead Ammunition

GREAT NEWS! -   For the CA Condor, and other living things. . .

On May 16, 2013, the CA State Assembly passed legislation to require the use of "non-lead ammunition" in hunting.  The passing of AB 711 will help eradicate a significant source of lead in the environment that poses a danger to wildlife and human health.

California Condors frequently feed on animal carcasses left behind by hunters, and ingest dangerously high levels of lead from ammunition.  In the last 10 years, it is estimated that roughly 30 Condors have died from lead poisoning.

"This important vote by the Assembly shows that the time has come for California to take this simple step to protect birds and other wildlife from this source of lead in the environment", said Dan Taylor, Audubon California's director of public policy.  "Using lead ammunition just doesn't make sense given what we know about the dangers it presents to both birds and people."

The bill is now expected to move to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

Doug Tait
MCAS Conservation Chair