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Environmentalists say lead bullets kill twice, the second time by poisoning animals


CALIFORNIA is leading the ight to get the lead out: It will soon become the first state in the U.S. to completely ban hunting with lead bullets. The hope is to save condors and other animals that feed on carcasses and then get lead poisoning.

Because of its mass and malleability, lead has long been the primary metal used for ammunition. In the United States, 95 percent of all ammunition is made with a lead component, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the irearms and ammunition industry. Some states have limited the use of lead ammunition in areas where hunters pursue quail, pheasant, grouse and other birds, while others have restricted the use of lead ishing weights and hooks. New Hampshire, for example, prohibits the use of certain sizes of lead ishing weights and hooks in all of the state’s fresh waters. And an order that took efect there in June 2016 bans the use and sale of lead weights and hooks weighing an ounce or less. In California, legislators passed a bill in 2013 seeking less-toxic alternatives for hunting, like copper or steel. The full ban takes efect in 2019.

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