California lawmakers weigh first statewide ban on lead ammo
SACRAMENTO, Calif. In November, one of the Eric Gordon Navy Jersey oldest condors in Central California died from lead poisoning after being found with tiny bullet fragments and a .22 caliber slug in his gullet that he apparently swallowed with a mouthful of meat.
The 9 year old giant was one of the earliest released in a condor recovery program along the Big Sur coast. His death and the recent death of a golden eagle near Sacramento www.officialbasketballstore.com/anthony-davis-jersey are being highlighted by health and environmental groups who want California to become the first state to impose a statewide ban on the use of lead bullets for hunting.
While supporters say the future recovery of the prehistoric birds hangs in the balance, that issue alone hasn't been enough to get statewide lead bullet bans in the past.
Now health care advocates are taking a different tack, arguing that lead bullet fragments in game such as venison are neurotoxins that can harm children and developing fetuses.
"There is no safe level of lead for human consumption," said state Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, whose closely watched lead bullet ban bill was passed this month by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
Although hunting with lead bullets already is prohibited in eight counties with endangered California condors, the bill would make the ban statewide. About two dozen Anthony Davis Navy Jersey states have partial bans, mostly in sensitive wildlife refuges.
The National Rifle Association and other gun advocates strongly oppose banning lead bullets throughout California, saying it is a slippery slope that would lead to gun controls and end hunting in the Golden State.
They argue that hunters who abandon lead and turn to harder bullets such as copper or tungsten could technically be in violation of federal regulations barring armor piercing ammunition.
"We have regulatory uncertainty," said Ryan Bronson of the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Minnesota, who opposes the bill and notes that 95 percent of bullets use lead slugs. Geological Survey estimates that nationwide there are 400,000 pieces of lead shot per acre in wild game territory that can be eaten or washed into waterways, and that the 60,000 metric tons of lead fired off in 2012 is second largest use of lead behind storage batteries.
While fewer than 1 percent of Californians hold hunting licenses, their advocates point out that the money from those licenses funds a host of wildlife protection programs.
Lead ban opponents acknowledge that some individual animals may die after accidentally ingesting bullet fragments. But they said that, with the exception of the condors, there is no study showing significant overall reductions in wildlife populations from lead poisoning.
"Not for doves. Not for eagles. Not for loons," Ryan told the committee shortly before the wildlife committee passed the bill 9 5. It next goes to the appropriations committee then the Democrat controlled legislature.
Those in favor of a ban say meat that contains lead fragments simply is not safe. "This isn't just about the health of the wildlife population," said Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D Woodland Hills, who voted for the measure. "It's about the health of the human population and the health of the environment."
A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and the North Dakota Department of Public Health concluded with a recommendation that lead is so prevalent in meat harvested through hunting that pregnant women and children should never eat it. supporters say that those studies have never conclusively linked consumption with illness in humans.
Lead is by far the leading www.officialbasketballstore.com/eric-gordon-jersey cause of death for the remaining 234 California condors in the wild, which live in California, Baja California, Arizona and Utah. Fish and Wildlife records show the mature male that died in November was found inland from Big Sur on a ranch near Pinnacles National Park in southern San Benito County. Eight others are in wildlife hospitals, three with confirmed lead poisoning, federal officials say.
"Ground squirrels and coyotes are typically shot and left in the field, so it seems logical that there is a high potential for scavenger lead poisoning in areas with this type of shooting compared to other areas," said Kelly Sorenson of the Ventana Wildlife Society, which runs the Big Sur recovery program and gives away lead free bullets.
Critics say the continuing problems with lead poisoning in California's condor territory show that lead bullet bans there don't work and neither would a statewide ban.
Supports of the bill including the Audubon California, the Humane Society of the United States and the Defenders of Wildlife say it closes an important loophole that condor experts believe could be the reason that condors continue to be poisoned: it would require ranchers and farmers who shoot wild pigs, coyotes and other varmints that don't require hunting permits also to use lead free bullets.
Eagle deaths will go without penalty under new rule cheap jerseys
Wind farms get a pass on killing the bald eagle once the rule is finalized by Obama's administration. The rule, which is due to be finalized in the near future gives the wind farms a pass for killing the bald eagle and the golden eagle and this rule would stay in place for decades to come, according to Fox News on Dec. 6.
If a wind farm unintentionally kills eagles they will not face any type of penalty. This new Interior Department rule will extend the length of the wind farm's permit which can go anywhere from five to 30 years.
On Thursday the White House finalized their review on the rule, which also requires the wind farms to stay within certain guidelines to safeguard against the death of these eagles. Considering the nature of the mechanics of these wind farms, an eagle is bound to fly into the wind farm's turbines, as will other birds.
If this does occur it is fairly obvious that the eagle won't have much of a chance after a run in with the propeller like turbine, but the company won't suffer any type of penalty when this happens.
Duke Energy was prosecuted last month for killing 14 golden eagles, which accidentally got sucked into the wind farm's turbines while hunting prey. This is the first case that the administration prosecuted against an energy company for the death of these birds.
Duke Energy has agreed to cheap nfl jerseys pay $1 million for killing the birds over the past three years.
It looks like when the new rule is in place, this won't be the case for these energy companies that own the wind farms. They will get a pass on the death of the eagles.
The killing of the Wholesale NFL Jerseys bald and golden eagles is just one of the areas that environmental groups are asking the administration to do better research on. They want studies done on all the aspects of wind farming on the environment.
Eagles tight ends carve up Cardinals
Zach Ertz scored the Birds first TD. (CLEM MURRAY / Staff)Zach Ertz grasped the pass with both hands and touched his pair of black cleats inbounds. A two handed shove from an Arizona defender sent the tight end spiraling out of the end zone. It was the rookie's second career touchdown and the 6 yard strike was nearly perfect, giving the Eagles a first quarter lead in Sunday's 24 21 win. The lone flaw was the photograph of tight end James Casey not Ertz that flashed across the stadium's pair of 96 foot wide jumbotrons.
Ertz and Brent Celek combined for 97 receiving yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles targeted the league's worst defense against tight ends. Arizona entered Sunday yielding an average of 85.9 yards per game to the position, and the Eagles often attacked out of two tight end sets.
When studying the Cardinals defense, Ertz said he noticed that the team often covered opposing tight ends with just a safety.
"And we think that against any safety that we can win and get open," said Ertz, who finished with a career high discount ray bans wayfarer 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns and hauled in five of his six targets.
Celek caught a touchdown just before halftime and said the tight ends knew they were in for a big day. Nick Foles threw his first five passes to either Ertz or Celek and did not target a wide receiver until the http://www.cheaperraybans.com/ second quarter.
"We feel like we have three [tight ends] that are talented," said head coach Chip Kelly. "And when the matchups present themselves, we can exploit it."
Casey went without a catch, but it was the holding call he drew with 1 minute, 42 seconds left that sealed the win. Kelly signaled the same play action call that earned Ertz a touchdown in the first quarter. But Casey was grabbed before he could get open in the flat.
Casey said he felt Matt Shaughnessy tug his collar, and when he looked down his jersey was tangled up. The Eagles earned a first down, and Foles took a cheap ray bans wayfarer knee three times to end the game.
Shaughnessy, a linebacker, disagreed with the http://www.rbsunglassesdiscount.com/ call and said he should have been rewarded with a sack. Before the next play, linebacker Daryl Washington was tagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing with the referee.
The Cardinals "were mad about it of course," said Casey. "Because they knew the game was over at that point, so they're going to be angry about it. But it is what it is."
Ertz's five catches were three more than he had over the last two games combined. He went home to California during the bye week and ate an early Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday with his family. Kelly said Ertz returned to the team rejuvenated with "fresh legs."
And Ertz looked fresh in the third quarter as he caught a pass near the goal line, battered his way forward, and dove into the end zone to give the Eagles a 17 point lead.
This time, it was Ertz's photograph that flashed on the scoreboard as he spiked the ball into the turf.