Project Gutpile Wants Lead Free Hunting
The New York Times is running an op-ed piece by Anthony Prieto the founder of Project Gutpile a group that wants to see the end of lead in hunting bullets. The EPA has rejected attempts to ban lead in hunting bullets, but conservation groups are now suing the EPA to force a ruling.
I’VE hunted elk, deer and wild pigs in the American West for 25 years. Like many hunters, I follow several rules: Respect other forms of life, take only what my family can eat and the ecosystem can sustain, and leave as little impact on the environment as possible. That’s why I hunt with copper bullets instead of lead. We’ve long known about the collateral damage caused by lead ammunition. When bald and golden eagles, vultures, bears, endangered California condors and other scavengers eat the innards, called gutpiles, that hunters leave in the field after cleaning their catch or the game that hunters wound but don’t capture, they can ingest poisonous lead fragments. Most sicken, and many die.
Concerns over lead-tainted game meat have been brewing for awhile. Mr. Prieto fails to mention that non-lead based bullets tend to be considerably more expensive than those that are lead based.