BBC 100,000 birds dying from lead each year, BULLSHIT!

Lead poisons ‘100,000 birds annually’

By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News


About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.

This is one of the conclusions of a report published on Thursday by the University of Oxford.

The report also suggests that the consumption of game shot with lead ammunition has a greater impact on human health than previously thought.

Scientists involved in the research say the evidence now supports a ban on the use of lead ammunition in the UK.

The report is a collection of research presented by experts who gathered at the Oxford Symposium on Lead ammunition last year. It includes findings from studies carried out by university academics and by conservation groups including the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the RSPB.

As well as the impacts of lead on the environment, researchers have investigated the effects on human health of consuming game containing traces of lead ammunition

Lord Krebs, emeritus professor of zoology at the University of Oxford, and former chair of the UK Food Standards Agency, told BBC News that there was “an overwhelming body of evidence” that lead used in hunting was “a risk both to humans and to wildlife”.

“On that basis,” he told BBC News. “The advice would be that lead shot should be phased out.”

Lead consumption

The use of lead shot has been restricted throughout the UK since 1999, although the rules differ in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. But the WWT says that these regulations – designed largely to prevent lead shot being used over wetland habitats – are not working.

In England and Wales, for example, although game birds like pheasant and grouse can be shot with lead, hunters must use alternative, non-toxic ammunition to shoot ducks and geese.

But the WWT recently carried out tests on just over 100 ducks purchased as “locally shot” from suppliers in England and found that more than three quarters were killed using lead.

Ruth Cromie from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust told BBC News: “A lot of people are ignoring [the regulations].”

“And even where the law is being obeyed, it’s possible for water birds to be exposed to legally deposited lead, so the issue is that the law isn’t protecting birds from lead poisoning.”

But shooting organisations in the UK see a campaign against lead shot as a campaign against hunting.

20-year experiment

Christopher Graffius from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation told BBC News: “We have already reduced the amount of lead being released into the environment.

“And when it comes to human health, there are risk management procedures [in place]; a ban would be a knee-jerk response – it’s not proportionate.”

But Lord Krebs said that even the threat to human health from consuming wild game shot legally with lead was a concern.

“People who eat wild game regularly, particularly young children, are at risk of some adverse effects,” he told BBC News. “It could affect their mental development.”

“We don’t allow our children to chew on toys painted with lead paint, so why should we be allowing them to chew on game that contains fragments of lead.”

In Denmark, the use and possession of lead shot has been banned since 1996 – creating a test-bed for legislation that some conservation organisations in the UK are pushing for.

Niels Kanstrup, a Danish hunter and biologist says the ban has actually been beneficial for hunting.

“I’m a conservationist,” he told BBC News. “I’m a hunter, too.

“I think it’s a fair and sustainable way to use natural resources, but we can’t have it connected with spreading poisonous heavy metals in nature.”


SHOCK – HORROR – AWE – Shooting News – By AC

Shooting News – By AC


20th November 2015

AC writes: “SHOCK: If it were not for the NGO they would have got away with it. The attached copy of a High Court Judgement by Mr Justice Ouseley (13/11/2015) reveals a shocking abuse of institutional power. It sets out forensic detail showing that Natural England and DEFRA conspired together, under extreme pressure from the RSPB, to systematically deprive an innocent man of his livelihood. Their continuous refusal to grant him a Licence despite his fulfilment of all normal requirements was challenged and condemned by Mr Justice Ouseley. 

There is no right of appeal against a Natural England Licensing decision, hence the need for a judicial review. 

A DEFRA Minister (Richard Beynon MP) advised Natural England not to grant a Licence on the basis that it would breach a policy of ‘cultural and political’ consideration despite being aware that utilising ‘public opinion’ as a policy was illegal in the context. However, fear of RSPA rabble rousing was a risk he was not prepared to countenance. 

Whilst advising against the ‘social and political’ gambit, Natural England did all they could to obstruct the granting of a Licence. By ratcheting up the intensity of qualifying tests unreasonably imposed upon the applicant, at the same time knowing that they would never grant a licence, they hoped to crush the applicant out of his application with the sheer force of demoralisation. It took 4 years; Kafka could not have made it up. Then it came to Court thanks to the NATIONAL GAMEKEEPERS ORGANISATION, They are the heroes and deserve to be flooded with new members.

None of the Natural England/DEFRA actions were accidental or a result of incompetence. They were deliberate attempts to prevent due process, ensuring that the application(s) for a licence could never succeed. Natural England and DEFRA achieved their objective with disregard to the costs, damage, and personal stress, they were inflicting upon an innocent applicant. The applicant lost his livelihood but won the judicial review. 

The anti-shooting cultural prejudice embedded in Natural England, and in elements of DEFRA, reached their full expression on this particular occasion.”

This is the full document


My Comment: “I can not thank you NGO enough for all the work they have put into this court case and WIN!” Ian the gun

This is the court papers

NGO BUZZARDS high-court-win