Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner urges you to get active on lead shot and lobby your MEP in our e-lobby. Over 18,000 emails have already been sent by concerned shooting enthusiasts to their MEPs, please do your bit too.
The debate over lead ammunition has been running for many years now. Domestically, those that oppose its use have consistently failed to produce any proven scientific evidence to support a ban. Moreover, faced such a lack of evidence, they continually switch between environmental and health issues in their vain attempt at gaining public support.
A further threat comes from the European Union. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) started to look into the issues of all uses of lead. As part of their research, they instructed a company to collect evidence as to the level of use of lead ammunition around Europe. This was responded to jointly by all the shooting organisations through FACE.
The Countryside Alliance believes that these threats on lead are unjustified. As far as the shooting community are concerned, those that want it banned have consistently failed to produce evidence that would support a ban. Granted, if someone finds and proves incontrovertibly that lead causes serious damage to health or wildlife then we are willing to talk. Until that point the status quo must remain.
We further believe this threat from Europe could be greater than the one we face domestically. Shooting throughout the United Kingdom would be disproportionately affected if there were a blanket ban on lead use across Europe. Our shooting is too important to the environment and the rural economy to be decided by Brussels, which is why I am proud to announce our new e-lobby. This will give all UK shooters the ability to lobby their MEPs on the issue of lead when it comes up in the European Parliament.
To lobby your MEP, just click here, it will only take a minute, but could secure lead for generations to come.