Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stop the NRA's Lead-poisoning Legislation

Lawmakers with the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus have introduced the misguided Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 that would perpetuate the lead poisoning of wildlife like bald eagles, condors and swans. It would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing federal regulations that control toxic substances and protect wildlife and people.

The bill ignores the mountain of scientific evidence that lead ammunition and fishing tackle cause the poisoning of at least 130 animal species. It's being pushed by powerful gun lobby groups like the National Rifle Association, and it writes off the health of low-income venison donation beneficiaries and 10 million hunters and their families who will remain at risk of lead exposure.

More than 150 organizations in 38 states have called on the EPA to regulate toxic lead in ammunition and fishing gear under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which would prevent millions of birds and other wildlife from slow, painful deaths each year.

Take action now and help us stop the NRA's toxic legislation by contacting your representatives -- ask them to oppose this deadly legislation.

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