Google+

Birds and Animals Dying of Lead Poisoning

 

The hunting community is always trying to focus on the issues that harm our environment and cause various species to be erased from this planet. In fact, they are the largest contributors to everything from the EPA to local and community parks, etc. There are, however, those that give the hunting community a bad name at times, and the truly dedicated outdoorsman/woman wish to alert one and all that the use of lead-based ammo is not acceptable by the majority.

For those who are unaware, statistics and studies have proven that in America over ten million birds and other animals die each year from leadhevi_shot poisoning. This is a list that is beyond depressing, especially when considering that among the species being effected are Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Loons, Trumpeter Swans, and more. What happens is that these birds, as they scavenge on the carcasses of other animals left behind, eat lead bullet fragments that have been used to kill the prey. Or, they pick up spent lead shot pellets or lost weights used in fishing, thinking they’re food. Depending on the amount digested, a bird can expire in only days…although, some are left alive suffering horrendous effects.

It is important to note that the United States military is on a path to ‘go green.’ The Army actually came up with a new bullet that has proven to be just as effective for taking down America’s enemies as the old ammo, but they are lead-free, which will be far cleaner for the Earth. In other words, an ‘industry’ that is all about protecting human lives, wants to also protect the lives of our animals and our habitats.

By using ‘green ammunition,’ not only will this save various species but it also cuts soil contamination that occurs every day because of slugs being fired at various practice ranges. With the new ammo, there is a less toxic tungsten composite that has replaced the lead, which provides our troops with the ability to still train for combat while protecting our environment all at the same time.

Used in the M-16 rifle, which is the weapon that’s issued to every Army infantry soldier, this ‘green’ ammo is estimated to be used in over 200 million rounds shot every year. Researcher scientists, the Army – all studied a variety of metal combinations in order to provide the same density, ballistic quality, etc. for our soldiers before settling on the tungsten composite slug that’s still encased in copper casing. And by manufacturing this new ‘green’ ammo, millions of dollars have been saved on the clean-up of the contaminated lands.

This all began back in 1997, when the EPA ordered the Massachusetts Military Reservation to halt all live-fire training after lead and toxin contamination was found in the underground water supply of Cape Cod. From there, the military walked the path of environmental protection.

‘Audubon Magazine’, however, has seen that despite all of this work and the variety of ‘green’ alternatives out there, there are still some American sportsmen/women who still choose to utilize lead ammunition and fishing tackle. Because of this, many species are paying a horrific price.

The majority of hunters agree with the military, government and EPA efforts because they understand that banning lead poses no threat to either the hunting or fishing community. They absolutely support the need to erase lead ammunition from the environment, because this is one issue that is certainly not an anti-hunting issue – it’s only about the danger of lead.

A recent study showed that Turkey Vultures were being exposed to lead a great deal during deer hunting season. Seeing as that they are scavengers, they’re at a high-risk for lead poisoning.

The myth that lead-free ammunition doesn’t perform as well has been proven to be false; lead-free ammo is just as good. And even wildlife that isn’t as high-risk as, say, the scavengers of the world, are still dealing with a wide range of health effects; from loss of coordination to nerve damage that sends these birds into power lines to acute poisoning and death.

In other words, let us all be aware while hunting for the elusive whitetail, that the deer is the only creature brought down by the shot.

www.SportsmansLife.com

Source: Sportsmans Life

Entertainment

51R-j9DF5L.jpg

"E.T." Inspired Adventure Arrives on DVD

Earth to Echo DVD Review by Kam Williams "E.T." Inspired Adventure Arrives on DVD   Most people know E.T. revolves around several kids who befriend an alien stranded on Earth and eager to return home before ill-intentioned adults can do him any harm. That coming-of-age classic landed four Academy Awards back in 1983, and was even voted the best sci-fi of all time in a recent survey by Rotten Tomatoes. But if you’re too young to … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

11.jpg

Orgasm

Orgasm Photographs & Interviews by Linda Troeller and Marion Schneider Daylight Books Hardcover, $35.00 188 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-9897981-3-6 Book Review by Kam Williams “Due to the repression and shame imposed by patriarchy, we are still at the onset of exploration of female sexuality and eroticism. Not only does this book reveal the power, divinity, originality and necessity of female orgasm, but by giving women agency and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

Photo by MA's Dent. Model: Safina Lenay

Mythica Post: Are You All Alone?

Recently I made a discovery that the reason it feels that I have been swimming against the current all by myself trying to figure out what’s wrong is because I am in a vast sea of people who are all around me thinking the same thing. Haven’t you felt it too? Some strange inertia holding you back from that next realization that will give you the breakthrough financially? in your relationship, in your self worth and value? in meaningful work? … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

Land to Table: Texas-Grown Olive Oils

  Land to Table: Texas-Grown Olive Oils Brought to you by the Henry Family Growing olives in the Lone Star State is all about climate. “Even today people tell us that we can’t grow olives in Texas, but they are basing their opinions on a lot of antiquated information,” says Jim Henry of Texas Olive Ranch.; “It’s a better area for olives, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it produces,” Jim says. “The most important part is … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

sjcpls_logo_initials_sm

SJCPLS | November 2014 Calendar Of Events

SJCPLS | NOVEMBER 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS   *Please note – All Libraries will be closed on the following dates: Tuesday, November 11th               Veteran’s Day Wednesday, November 26th        Libraries close @ 6pm Thursday, November 27th             Thanksgiving Holiday Friday, November 28th                   Thanksgiving Holiday Saturday, November 29th             Thanksgiving Holiday   ANASTASIA ISLAND Storytimes @ … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

2200-Carolina-Bay.jpg

There’s Silver Out There

  There's Silver Out There Fall Fishermen Score in the Tidewaters with Kings and Tarpon by Capt. Ted Lund   815 words   Fall months along the Southeast US translate into some of the best fishing of the year for coastal anglers from South Carolina and Georgia down to South Florida. This is a great time of year for offshore anglers, but anglers owning crossover boats like Tidewater's 2200 Carolina Bay can get in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

200px-Ishikawa_1B_on_october_1_2009.jpg

SanFran’s Cinderella Man

SanFran’s Cinderella Man ~ Amy Lignor There is still a long road to walk…well, seven BIG steps at the most, if you want to narrow it down. The Royals could just be in that Cinderella season that harkens back to the 1980’s – the last decade they showed their faces on the diamond during the World Series. It hasn’t been all that long since San Francisco graced the scene, but this time around it is one man who shines. It is one man who, up until … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Mythica on a Fracking Tour at Noble energy

Mythica Blog: What the Frack is going on!?!?!

Recently I was invited by a friend of mine who is a photographer for the oil and gas industry to go on a tour of a Colorado local energy company, Noble Energy. I went because I am the idiot who likes to hear both sides of a story. I'd also prefer to know something first hand than hearsay. So I went to learn about Fracking. I went on this tour with the same basic knowledge that most of the people I know have about Fracking. 1. Fracking is … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Bad-Lands-TrekinGear.com-Road-Trekin-Adventures-content-Marketing-Trekking-Gear-300x201.jpg

The Mystery & Myths of the Badlands

  The Mystery & Myths of the Badlands   Badlands National Park is not only one of the most amazing scenic spots in the world, but it is also one of the most eccentric. That area is a type of other-worldly experience, as if the land holds mysteries and myths hidden deep within the buttes. The high rock formations seem to dare and challenge you to reach the top; perhaps climb as far and fast as you can in order to meet the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

download-4.jpeg

What ‘Topia’ Are We Working For?

What ‘Topia’ Are We Working For? ~ Samantha Lewis The YA world (and even over 50% of the adult one), will let you know that dystopian movies are awesome. Books that have come to the screen, from ‘The Hunger Games’ to the recently released smash hit ‘The Maze Runner’, talk all about the horrors and nightmares of a world where you are literally cut off from society. Or, worse yet, the story of a world that has come to an end; whether it be by … [Read More its Good for You...]