Schwarzenegger gets the lead out
Audubon (BirdLife in the US) have applauded Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision to sign into law a crucial bill that will ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting big game within the range of California Condor Gymnogyps californianus.
The newly-signed Ridley-Tree Condor Preservation Act will require the use of ‘non-lead centerfire’ rifle and pistol ammunition when shooting big game or coyotes within specific areas of the state.
Governor Schwarzenegger ignored the objections of his own Department of Fish and Game in deciding to sign the bill (AB821) last Saturday. …
The accidental ingestion of lead pellets has been a key factor in California Condor declines, so much so that in 1987 the species became extinct in the wild when the last six wild individuals were captured to join a captive-breeding recovery programme. Today the wild population numbers some 70 reintroduced individuals.
California Condor is listed as Critically Endangered by BirdLife International.
September 2013. The recent decision by the United States military to move to a non-lead version of their 7.62 mm bullet could prompt voluntary changes in hunting practices, potentially saving millions of birds in the United States from ingestion of spent lead ammunition, says George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy, one of the country’s leading bird conservation organizations: here.