Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lead Bullet Debate

Hearing to focus on hunting bullets
Lead fragments' health effects at issue
By Chris Niskanen
Updated: 01/08/2009 12:28:32 AM CST

The chairman of the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the human and wildlife health risks posed by lead bullet fragments in venison.

Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, said he wants lawmakers to review recent research on lead fragments found in Minnesota's food-shelf venison before acting on any legislation restricting lead hunting bullets.

"If there is a reasonable issue, we will address it, but it will be based on the facts," he said. "I want to go over all studies that are out there."

This fall, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, after finding tiny lead fragments in food-shelf venison, required that any deer meat donated to food pantries undergo X-ray testing and more stringent processing guidelines.

State Rep. Sandy Masin, DFL-Eagan, has said she plans to introduce legislation to ban or severely curtail the use of lead bullets for hunting to address the venison contamination and eagle poisoning problem. Read More

HSUS is always looking to create a crisis to further their agenda, and it seems they have done it again. Always looking for ways to stop hunting, they have taken on the issue of lead bullets. Throw out the words lead poisoning and people get excited. The real shame is that hunters have donated thousands of pounds to those who need food and now that program is in jeopardy. Other than that, only the hunters themselves will be eating this venison and I highly doubt any of them are very concerned. But nonetheless, government is deciding they need to get involved and and hearing on the subject will be in held in Minnesota.

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