Paws Up! Representative Robert Wittman introduced the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022 to prohibit lead ammunition and lead tackle.
November 11, 2022
In May of this year, S.4157: LEAD Act of 2022 was introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth to ban lead ammunition due to its toxicity. Most recently introduced, on September 30, 2022, is H.R. 9088: Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022. This bill, introduced by Representative Robert Wittman, takes it further. It not only bans the use of lead ammunition but lead tackle as well.
The animals affected by this potent neurotoxin are not only scavengers from lead ammunition but from lead tackle as well. According to an article, birds will eat the fish that have ingested the lead tackle. They will eat pebbles from the bottom of the water to aid their digestion and, in turn, end up eating lost lead sinkers. They also can grab the bait or the fish from fishing lines.
Lead-free tackle and lead-free ammunition are alternatives that perform just as well as the lead options. These lead-free options also are safe for people to use, unlike the lead options. The Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022 keeps hunters and anglers safe, along with helping with wildlife conservation.
Want to know more information about the LEAD Act of 2022? Here is a link to our article.
Do you support the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022? Here is a link to contact your legislators.