The Center for Biological Diversity, a 200,000 member anti-hunting organization based in Arizona, has once again petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to ban lead ammunition for hunting. The group argues that lead left in gut piles harms scavengers and contaminates the food chain.
This is the second time the center has petitioned the EPA. Its first petition was rejected and the group is is suing over the matter, according to Fox News.
But the Center is barking up the wrong tree. The EPA has stated time and time again that it has no jurisdiction to regulate lead ammunition.
“They are like a woodpecker without any wood. They just keep pecking away,” Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation told FoxNews.com. “It’s clear that their motivation is to end hunting in the United States.”
According to Keane, there’s no good evidence that lead ammunition is harming wildlife.
“There’s no sound science that shows lead ammunition having an impact on wildlife populations,” Keane told Fox News. Also, the firearms industry pays a federal excise tax of 11 percent on ammunition, which goes to wildlife conservation.
Hopefully, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), will put an end to this political malarkey. Among other things, the bill would officially strip the EPA of the responsibility of regulating lead ammunition, and keep groups like the Center for Biological Diversity off their back.