Lead Ammo Ban: Your Tax Dollars Are Being Used!

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September 17, 2014 – by Dominic Aiello, President

Lead Ammo Ban: Your Tax Dollars Are Being Used!

OOC spearheading the fight against lead ammo ban

On September 10, 2014 the regional government METRO announced a newly created position titled, Wildlife and Lead Outreach Coordinator. Do you want your tax dollars funding a political campaign that hurts your way of life? I, and the overwhelming majority of sportsmen, will respond with a resounding NO! With that said, it’s a valid question – are your tax dollars being used to fund an agenda-driven political campaign? I’m clearly no lawyer, but if so, that seems, at least at face value, possibly illegal!

The program is envisioned to provide education and outreach with the goal of reducing the exposure of wildlife to lead, which has been identified as a significant of morbidity and mortality in wildlife.  The Coordinator will travel extensively, building relationships with the hunting and angling community, target shooters, ranchers, wildlife pest controllers, conservation groups, federal and state agencies, and other stakeholders to educate and collaborate in an effort to reach the program goal.

You can read the full METRO Wildlife & Lead Outreach Job Description by clicking here.

Who is Saying Lead Ammo Harms Avian?
Let’s take a step back a moment. Who is saying that lead, hunter-based lead ammunition specifically, has been identified as a significant cause of mortality in wildlife, specifically avian scavengers and predators such as the California Condor? The answer…

  • The Humane Society of The United States (Learn More Here)
  • The Audubon Society (Learn More Here)
  • The Center for Biological Diversity
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • The Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife

Listen to Roy Elicker, ODFW Director, at the “Status of Hunting and Fishing”  hearing in the House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee on Tuesday September 16, 2014 (click here for more info on the hearing) state that hunter based ammunition is the primary source of lead poisoning in the California Condor here:

Does Science Really Say Hunter Lead Ammo is the Main Cause?
As previously reported, this is simply false!

  • California designated “Condor Zones” where lead ammo use was banned. Compliance was over 99%, but condor lead poisoning INCREASED!
  • Utah & Colorado have initiated “voluntary lead ammo bans” where you can exchange your lead ammo for non-lead and you can turn in your big game gut piles from lead shot animals for raffle tickets. Despite extremely high compliance (over 90%) condor lead poisoning has not declined.

It’s a logical and sound conclusion to say that if you eliminate or nearly eliminate the purported cause but the issue still persists you HAVE NOT eliminated that true cause! So why are many environmental & animal rights groups continuing to push this failed message? It’s pretty simple…they are intending to hurt you, me, and every other sportsman in Oregon.

What Are Other Pro-Sportsmen Organizations Saying?
The Oregon Outdoor Council (OOC) was joined by the Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee hearing this past Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Here is what OFF’s Executive Director Kevin Starrett had to say:

While the hearing subject was listed as “Lead Ammunition Survey”, there is no doubt that what will be coming down the road is an attempt to ban lead ammo.

Myra Finkelstein of the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California, and Debra Scheafer of the Audubon Society of Portland both called for a complete elimination of lead ammo.  But while their “science” was obviously agenda driven, one comment by Finkelstein was particularly telling.

Finkelstein noted that a voluntary ban on lead ammo for hunting in Arizona had been “incredibly successful” in terms of its very high compliance rate, but that it didn’t work! It’s pretty clear that when a “scientist” promotes a program that has failed elsewhere, she has an agenda that’s a little different than advertised.

What Did the Legislators Have To Say?
Representative Witt & Representative Esquivel challenge non-hunting and shooting scientists that claim upon impact all hunting bullets break into hundreds of pieces:

Representative Whisett, which is also a veterinarian, tells it how it really is:

What Does All This Mean?

That is a great question and I’m going to break it down in these 4 simple statements:

  • Local and national environmental and animal rights groups are so bent on advancing their agenda they will manipulate science.
  • Our Governor (Gov. Kitzhaber), who directs ODFW in its agenda, has bought into these groups’ manipulated science.
  • Many Oregon legislators are not buying into the dog and pony show.
  • The Oregon Outdoor Council has successfully achieved what Oregon’s sportsmen so desperately needed: unifying sportsmen groups in Oregon to fight this and several other battles.

Happy Hunting
Dominic Aiello Oregon outdoor Council
Dominic Aiello, President

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