Fish & Wildlife Service To Ban Lead Ammo & Lures From Federal Lands

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News Release from Defenders of Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Service Moves to Ban Lead Ammo and Lures from Most Federal Lands

FWS must work closely with state wildlife agencies to ensure wildlife and public lands are protected

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2017) – The following statement is from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife regarding a decision last week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to expand use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges and in certain other types of hunting and fishing regulated by the FWS:

“The use of lead ammunition is unacceptable in this day and age, when there are readily available alternatives on the market and we know the incredible harm that lead poses to people and to wildlife. Lead ammunition and fishing lures poison and kill many millions of birds and other animals each year, and…

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