Use of lead-free shot in wetlands. Notwithstanding their participation in / or support for the project, the views expressed in this presentation may not be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission. Content :. FACE Position EU overview of lead shot use
Notwithstanding their participation in / or support for the project, the views expressed in this
presentation may not be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.
FACE Position Paper Sept 2004
In strong favour of phasing out lead shot in wetlands, but realistic:
..the issue of lead shot replacement can only be addressed according to a realistic, not arbitrary, time-scale, by supporting research and development of lead alternatives as well as information programmes for waterfowl hunters, and by fully involving hunters in all these processes..
2004 Agreement between BirdLife International and FACE on Directive 79/409/EEC
“Both organisations ask for the phasing out of the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands throughout the EU as soon as possible, and in any case by the year 2009 at the latest.”
Lead has long been recognised as toxic to living organisms
..this mischievous Effect from Lead, is at least above Sixty Years old; and you will observe with Concern how long a useful Truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally receiv'd and practis'd on
Benjamin Franklin “Letter on lead poisoning” 1786
Ingestion and subsequent poisoning from lead shot is well documented in wildfowl
Where lead shot has been phased out, experiences by hunters are generally positive
It is important that hunters’ organisations lead the initiative to phase out the use of lead shot in wetlands, to promote the image of hunters as having a open and responsible attitude towards the conservation of wildlife and their habitats