Leading on lead in Europe
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: As we have been aware for some time, the question of lead ammunition is alive in Europe. The 20,000 emails you have sent to MEPs via our e-lobby in lead shot's defence bears testament to that. Last week the Countryside Alliance had a very useful discussion on the subject at the FACE offices in Brussels (FACE, of course, being the European umbrella body for fieldsports). The meeting was attended by several shooting organisations from member states, including BASC. The purpose of the meeting, which was the first of its kind, was to identify and discuss the many threats that lead faces in Europe. The recent survey by the European Chemicals Agency was just one of these and a list of further issues can be found here.
It was extremely encouraging to discover that every other nation present is equally as concerned about the issues that we face. The threats span politics and science and therefore require a united front to defend our sport. The overwhelming response to our lead MEP lobby has launched the debate into the forefront of many decision makers’ minds at this very critical time. Nevertheless, we must not rest on our laurels as there are still organisations that are continually pushing in every way they can to get a ban on lead. Continued co-operation and knowledge-sharing though FACE makes a critical difference, both in Europe and domestically, for the preservation of our shooting.