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    Moving towards using more lead-free ammunition

    Each year approximately 375 million cartridges are imported into Canada for recreational shooting, hunting and enforcement activities. This ammunition releases about 5,200 tonnes of lead into the environment annually. It is the single most significant source of lead releases onto the land in Canada.

    Lead is a highly toxic metal. It can cause detrimental effects to the nervous and reproductive systems of humans and wildlife, sometimes leading to death. Other problems include:

    • game meat containing lead ammunition fragments and consumed by children could have an impact on their intelligence and development
    • use of lead ammunition at outdoor shooting ranges can contaminate the surrounding soil and ground water
    • scavengers and predators such as eagles can be poisoned by ingesting spent lead ammunition and related fragments, or by consuming wounded or dead prey containing lead fragments

    Alternatives to lead

    There is lead-free ammunition available in the Canadian market. Made from materials such as copper or copper-zinc alloy, steel, tungsten or bismuth, it is as effective if not better than lead.

    The advantages of lead-free ammunition are:

    • it does not contaminate soil or water
    • it does not fragment or contaminate game meat that is eventually consumed by Canadians or by scavenging animals
    • compared to overall hunting or sport shooting expenditures, munition costs is minimal

    Waterfowl hunters have been using non-lead shot since the early 1990s. However, recreational shooting and other game hunting remain a significant cause of lead releases. Protect your family and wildlife by choosing and promoting the use of these alternatives. If lead-free ammunition is not available at your sporting goods store, ask them to carry it.

    How to be involved

    To start a conversation, we would like your ideas and input into designing an approach that encourages the use of lead-free ammunition including:

    • how to spread the message to encourage lead-free hunting and shooting
    • what actions could be implemented to increase accessibility of non-lead products
    • what practices could be implemented to mitigate resulting risks in Canada
    • how we could engage and build upon existing initiatives
    • what additional information we should consider

    Be part of this conversation by providing your input by email to: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca
    https://www.canada.ca/en/environment...mmunition.html

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    And how many tones of waste do they dump into lakes and rivers?

    Lets blame something that's only a small fraction of an issue.

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    "compared to overall hunting or sport shooting expenditures, munition costs is minimal"

    Where do they come up with these gems? Is there even one person qualified to give any opinions in our government?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaBam View Post
    "compared to overall hunting or sport shooting expenditures, munition costs is minimal"

    Where do they come up with these gems? Is there even one person qualified to give any opinions in our government?
    Was there ever? I think you gotta be brain dead stupid to work for the government.

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    Munition cost is minimal...

    Compared to Trudeau's spending and giving money away habits maybe. But for the average person? Not even close. A thousand rounds of .223 is somewhere between $440 and $560 (depending on what you buy, where you buy it and if it's on sale). That thousand rounds might last... 4-5 range trips for a dedicated shooter. Perhaps less for someone preparing for a competition.

    But you know what, let's humour them and say that moving towards non-lead bullets is a good idea. I'd be all for that if the costs per shot were reduced as an incentive to get people to use these bullets and for ranges to support them. (Maybe make the non-lead bullets cost like 10-20 cents a shot less... might encourage people to move over to them pretty quickly.)

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    I call bull$hit. No facts to back up their claims. No acknowledgement that most of that lead ends up in the berm if a range as opposed to “the environment”.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_M View Post
    I call bull$hit. No facts to back up their claims. No acknowledgement that most of that lead ends up in the berm if a range as opposed to “the environment”.
    I'm curious as to whether any ranges ever "mine" their berms.
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    This ammunition releases about 5,200 tonnes of lead into the environment annually. It is the single most significant source of lead releases onto the land in Canada.

    Lead is a highly toxic metal. It can cause detrimental effects to the nervous and reproductive systems of humans and wildlife, sometimes leading to death.
    [/fake news]

    This is a GIANT LIE by the omission of the fact the vast majority of that ammo is fired at shooting ranges, which are highly concentrated locations. All that lead is NOT evenly spread out across the wilderness.

    Thus, unless people go out and lick the dirt piled up for range butts, there is ZERO risk of lead poisoning.

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    I don't know about berms, but a range I frequent has an armor plate backstop (with snail), and every couple of months a lead reclamation company comes in and picks up all the lead from where it rests behind the backstop.

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    And so begins another angle for civil disarmament.

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