Environmentalists and animal rights groups have been pushing for the state of California to ban the use of lead bullets for all types of hunting in order to protect the endangered California condor.
The Contra Costa Times reports that lead ammo is already banned for hunting in the range of the condor — between Los Angeles and San Jose — but groups say that a statewide ban is necessary due to overwhelming evidence that condors and other protected birds are dying after eating dead animals shot by hunters using lead bullets. Activists argue that bullets made from alternative materials like copper are less damaging.
“Countless wild animals suffer and die needlessly every year from the continued use of lead ammunition,” said Jennifer Fearing, state director of the Humane Society. “It is put in the environment and stays there. It’s toxic, and it’s cumulative.”