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USSA opposes call to ban lead ammunition

11/17/2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The United States Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) emphatically opposes the anti-hunters' recent call for a nationwide ban on lead ammunition. Such a statement is an extreme policy proposal not supported by the facts.

On Nov. 10, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) issued its call for the lead ammunition ban after the release of a report from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) that had been conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It reported on the possible dangers of consuming wild game harvested by lead ammunition.

The report found that while the levels of lead in the blood of those tested who were frequent consumers of wild game taken with traditional, lead ammunition appeared to be somewhat higher than those not consuming wild game; none had levels approaching those that would be of concern to the CDC. In fact, in its own press releases, NDDoH indicated food pantries could continue accepting venison, provided the meat was appropriately processed.

USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story states, "HSUS should stop hyperventilating and actually read the report since it makes clear that the average level of lead in the people tested is actually lower than the level of the average American. That fact completely undermines its call for banning traditional ammo.

Story continued, "It should come as no surprise that America's leading opponent of hunting, fishing and trapping has mischaracterized the findings of the CDC report. It will resort to any means necessary to deny the rights of sportsmen."

While portraying its call for a lead ban as not being "anti-hunting," HSUS' track record makes clear that its true goal is to outlaw all hunting, trapping and even fishing. One way of accomplishing this is to push sportsmen towards higher cost products that will limit how much ammunition they purchase and the number of times they are able to participate in their sport.

For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its Web site, www.ussportsmen.org.