Lead has no place in the environment

Mourning Dove

The dangers of lead as a toxin for humans are widely known, and that is why lead is banned in everything from paint to toys to gasoline. But lead also poses an insidious threat to wildlife - particularly birds. We've seen it devastate waterfowl populations, drive the California Condor to the brink of extinction, and threaten our national bird, the Bald Eagle.

In 2013, Audubon California is joining with a growing coalition of organizations supporting legislation that would requiring nonlead ammunition for hunting in California. Assembly Bill 711 is co-sponsored by Audubon California, Defenders and Wildlife, and the Humane Society of the United States.

Audubon California has long been active in the effort to remove the dangers of lead in the environment, particularly from spent lead ammunition. With the help of our legislative and conservation partners, we were able to pass legislation (Assembly Bill 821) in 2007 eliminating the use of lead ammunition in the range of the California Condor. In 2010, Audubon California fought unsuccessfully to eliminate the use of lead shot on more than 600,000 acres of state wildlife areas.

We continue to believe that lead ammunition poses an unacceptable risk to birds and wildlife in California, and our efforts to address this situation will continue.

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