Our mission is to prevent lead poisoning in humans and wildlife.
Lead has been known for centuries to be toxic to humans. To safeguard human health, lead has been banned for use in gasoline, paint, solder, wheel weights, and more. Children and pregnant women are most at risk from exposure to ingested lead. Lead mimics calcium. Growing bodies have a high calcium demand and will absorb lead at a higher rate than adults. Lead exposure in children can impact brain development, lowering IQ, causing attention deficit and learning disorders, and aggressive behavior. Ingested lead can be stored in bone tissue. Studies have shown an increase in blood lead levels in humans linked to consumption of game meat harvested with lead ammunition. It does not make economical sense to spend millions of dollars removing lead paint from old houses, only to expose children and women of child-bearing-age to lead in game meat.
Read this blog post for more information about how lead enters an animals system.
| Plans are underway for the 2013 Iowa Legislative Session.
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Lead is Poison Coalition
PO Box 914
Ankeny, IA 50021
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In a nutshell... the Iowa House passed HJR2001 to nullify the Natural Resource Commission's non-toxic shot ruling for dove hunting. The same resolution on the Iowa Senate's side, SJR2001, was never brought to the Senate floor for vote. The legislature adjourned the evening of May 9 and without the Senate's vote, the resolution failed and the Commission's ruling stood.
That is until Friday morning, May 11, when Iowa Governor Branstad issued an executive order nullifying the Natural Resource Commission's ruling.The Coalition's Statement Concerning the Executive Order
The Lead is Poison Coalition is deeply concerned with Governor Branstad's decision to issue an executive order rescinding the rule to ban lead shot in mourning dove hunting. This executive order favors one special interest group above the health of all of Iowa's citizens and wildlife, and burdens future generations with the clean up of this toxic substance. The Coalition will continue to research the issue, educate the public, and promote safe, responsible hunting using non-toxic ammunition.
Download a handout about dove and lead shot.
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