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 Post subject: Tell the EU to #BanLead by 21st December 2017
PostPosted: November 30th, 2017, 6:55 pm 
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What you can do to save wildlife: Tell the EU to #BanLead by 21st December 2017!

Lead from bullets exposes humans and animals to health risks. According to BirdLife, “one million birds die from lead poisoning in Europe each year. Many iconic species – such as Tundra Swan, White-tailed eagle and Greater Flamingo – perish after ingesting lead shot from expended ammunition cartridges. First the lead attacks their digestive system, and then they slowly and painfully starve to death...”

How can you help?
The “EU’s European Chemicals Agency is currently considering a ban on the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands. It is running an online public consultation on the issue until 21st December.”
Therefore BirdLife encourages nature lovers to participate in the European Chemicals Agency's public consultation. It's online and open to the public; the link is at the end of the website https://www.birdlife.org/banlead

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Spread the word via Facebook or Twitter. BirdLife has already prepared a short statement. If you agree with the message, you can tweet it to the European Chemicals Agency by simply clicking on the 'I want to #BanLead!' button below the statement on the website. It´s here https://www.birdlife.org/banlead


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 Post subject: Re: Tell the EU to #BanLead by 21st December 2017
PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 3:16 pm 
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banning of ammunition containing lead is a very important issue, not only for nature conservation reasons but also from the point of view of human health. the replacement materials are, however, more expensive than lead and not always quite as efficient as the traditional ammunition. that is why hunters are reluctant to give up the lead ammunition. hunters will not change their views on this question only for protecting eagles. they need to be convinced that it is good and indeed necessary for their own good.

hunting and nature conservation are not always opposites or exclusive of each other. sometimes the example of an equal is most persuasive. this video can be shown to a hunter in order to promote lead-free hunting:
"The Non-Lead Hunter" by Anthony Prieto:
https://vimeo.com/37272263

X-ray pictures show that a lead shot gets shattered in tens or even hundreds of very small fragments inside the shot animal's meat along the path of bullet. it is impossible to clear these tiny pieces of lead away from the meat. thus
meat hunted with lead ammunition will become unsafe even for human consumption.
here you can see examples of such pictures and show them to your hunter friends:
https://www.google.fi/search?q=lead+amm ... 4-Bv4648xM:

the participants of the conference SEAEAGLE 2017 (Roosta, Estonia Oct 5-7 2017) agreed on resolutions on protection of the white-tailed sea eagle and other raptors, including banning of lead ammunition:
http://www.kotkas.ee/seaeagle2017/resolutions/

in this conference there were several presentations on the subject of lead poisoning, among them the presentation of 'our' veterinarian Madis Leivits who has had the un-pleasure of trying to save some eagles suffering from lead poisoning. usually this task is impossible and the birds die after severe suffering. Also Oliver Krone's presentation was impressive in an alarming way.
(see the program on Session 2
http://www.kotkas.ee/seaeagle2017/files ... -notes.pdf )

you can find too many videos in the internet by googling videos with search words 'eagle lead poisoning'. i can't watch any more of them, not even post any here, sorry.


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 Post subject: Re: Tell the EU to #BanLead by 21st December 2017
PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 3:53 pm 
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maertha wrote:
What you can do to save wildlife: Tell the EU to #BanLead by 21st December 2017! ... It´s here https://www.birdlife.org/banlead

Got 15 minutes to spare?
We strongly encourage you to participate in the European Chemicals Agency's public consultation. It's online, open to the public and consists of 3 short sections. Sections I and II ask for your name and country, and whether you are answering as an individual or as an organisation. In Section III, you can provide "A. General Comments" and/or answer "B. Specific Information" depending of your knowledge of the topic.
We recommend that you read BirdLife Europe and Central Asia's submission. Please feel free to echo our comments along with your own reflections!
You can also simply enter our short "Statement" above into the Section 3.A "General Comments" box.
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PostPosted: December 1st, 2017, 3:56 pm 
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ame wrote:
banning of ammunition containing lead is a very important issue, not only for nature conservation reasons but also from the point of view of human health. ...

ame, you are right - it is always bed also for us all :bow:


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PostPosted: December 9th, 2017, 11:19 am 
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It´s time to ban lead-based ammunition - public has just a few days left to have its say

Lead poisoning from ammunition kills many birds each year, and it is a significant mortality factor for White-tailed Eagles in several countries.
But it is easily preventable. You can help.


Lead poisoned White-tailed Eagle. Madis Leivits, October 2016

If you want more information about the impact of lead on wildlife and humans, please check out the compilation of documents in the White-tailed Eagle Database, see 16 February 2016.
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=236&p=439495#p439495 There are also some links available at the BirdLife website.

The countdown is on: Have your say. Your voice matters!

The EU’s European Chemicals Agency is running the online public consultation on the issue until 21st December. https://www.birdlife.org/banlead


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PostPosted: December 9th, 2017, 11:45 pm 
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maertha, is there a way without using FB, twitter etc. to help?
Is there no petition to subscribe?

edit: I meant to sign, not to subscribe (sorry, my English....)


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PostPosted: December 10th, 2017, 12:04 am 
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balistar, you can participate in the European Chemicals Agency's public consultation. The link is at the end of the website https://www.birdlife.org/banlead

Or click here https://comments.echa.europa.eu/comment ... e181a843f5


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PostPosted: December 10th, 2017, 12:27 am 
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Thank you, maertha.

But that is too difficult and too extensive for me. I would just like to sign the statement.


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