"NON" LEAD BULLET POINTS
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PO Box 32021, Santa Fe, NM 87594-2021 505-699-0455 email@example.com
Lead is found in many places and utilized in many ways, and we know it is a neurotoxic metal that when ingested causes neurological disorders. We have recently seen the efffect of lead in the water system in Flint, Michigan. We have listened to the news reports about neurological damage in children. We have also become aware of the devastating toll that lead is taking on the eagle population in this country. There are recent statistics that tell us 47% of Golden and Bald Eagles are stricken with chronic lead poisoning. How can this happen? Hunters use lead bullets and fishermen use lead sinkers. The eagle does not know when it dines on a fish or left over meat from a dead animal killed by a bullet, that it may have just signed its death warrant.
As a wildlife rehabilitation center, we can only speak to the issue of raptor illness and death. We have no qualifications to talk about the many other uses of lead and possible detrimental effects. In the rehabilitation world, however, lead poisoning is preventable, utilizing non-lead alternatives to bullets and sinkers.
What can we do to help end "death by lead?"
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