QUESTION: Could you provide me with information detailing the current restrictions on lead ammunition in Australia? - 31 Oct 2007 Idaho, USA
The Peregrine Fund is holding a conference in May 2008 about the health implications of spent lead ammunition in Humans and Wildlife. I am compiling information about the regulations and bans around the world regarding lead ammunition. Could you provide me with information detailing the current restrictions on lead ammunition in Australia?
Regards, Dominique Avery
Second Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
Ingestion of spent lead ammunition: Implications for wildlife and humans.
Convened by The Peregrine Fund
12-15 May 2008
At Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA
The goal of the conference is to promote a better understanding of ingested spent lead ammunition as a source of lead exposure and to reduce its effect on wildlife and humans.
For details, visit: http://www.peregrinefund.org/subsites/conference-lead/
Register now. Early registration discount ends 1 March 2008
Submit your papers and posters now. Abstract deadline 1 March 2008.
For a flyer to post on bulletin boards, visit: http://www.peregrinefund.org/subsites/conference-lead/Flyer%20March08.pdf
Or contact: The Peregrine Fund
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane
Boise, Idaho 83709
Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested. Thank you.
Searchable Bibliography is now available: The Peregrine Fund is compiling a comprehensive selection of articles on lead in wildlife and humans. The searchable bibliography is available at http://www.peregrinefund.org/subsites/conference-lead/2008PbConf_Background.htm This is a work in progress and we are lacking references on the effects of lead on human health. If you know of any resources that should be added to the database please contact Dominique Avery with details.
Lead ammunition in the News: California legislature approved a bill to ban the use of lead ammunition within the range of the California population of condors. Visit California Votes to Protect Endangered Condors by Banning Lead Ammunition for full details.
In other recent news, a complete ban of lead ammunition for public hunting on both Fort Hunter Liggett and Camp Roberts military bases is being phased in. Visit http://projectgutpile.blogspot.com/2007/05/camp-roberts-hunting-program-is-going.html for full details. Tejon Ranch has announced a lead ammunition ban that will go into effect with the 2008 hunting season. Go to their website http://tejonranch.com/press-release/taking-the-lead-on-lead/ to read the full story.
Assistant to the International Programs Director
The Peregrine Fund
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane
Boise, ID 83709
ANSWER: 05 Jun 2009
I realize that we are way too late to provide this information in time for your conference but we simply did not have enough volunteers at the time you wrote to research and answer all the inquiries and we have one volunteer now so we're trying to catch up on all the old emails.
Please find attached a Letter regarding moves to ban lead in shot and fishing sinkers by The Australian Government, from our federal environment department, which states (in part) that:
To date, State and Territory governments have largely been responsible for restricting or banning of the use of lead shot in Australia. Where outright bans on the use of lead shot have not been introduced, as an alternative, restrictions on the use of lead shot have been implemented in areas of Australia where lead poisoning of wildlife is known to occur, or high lead densities have been recorded. This has been the case in the Northern Territory, where the NT Conservation Commission banned the use of lead shot at hunting reserves.
The following actions have been taken by State and Territory governments to limit the amount of spent lead shot accumulating in waterways:
In addition to these regulations on the use of lead shot, steel shot has been widely available in Australia for more than two decades. According to statistics provided by the Lead Development Association International, only 2% of lead consumption by end-use is used to produce lead shot. Shooters have, mostly voluntarily and partially due to State and Territory government regulations, substituted lead shot for less toxic alternatives (such as steel or bismuth shot).
[END OF EXTRACT OF LETTER]
Again, my apologies for the delay and I hope your conference went really well.
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