Target: Ryan Zinke, United States Secretary of the Interior
Goal: Reinstate ban on lead bullet use in wildlife refuges.
A ban put in place to prevent lead poisoning in bald eagles was overturned by the Trump administration, which cited a lack of consideration for hunters’ rights. It is estimated that 80 percent of eagles may have at least some degree of lead poisoning, which at its least severe can cause coordination lapses and at its worst can paralyze and kill the animal. The ban was originally set in place by the Obama administration, and Trump’s Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke revoked it even though eagles are still dying from lead contamination.
Eagles are not the only ones being effected by lead. Owls and swans are often found suffering with the poisoning too. It happens either when the animal ingests shrapnel while eating off the ground or when eating an animal that was shot with a lead bullet. The biggest complaint from hunters is that non-lead bullets cost extra money, but that cost should be worth preserving one of America’s greatest symbols and majestic creatures. Sign this petition to demand that the lead bullet ban be reinstated in order to save bald eagles.
Dear Secretary Zinke,
The American bald eagle is a symbol of patriotism and freedom in this country, yet the lead you allow hunters to use in their bullets is killing them. On the same day that you revoked the lead bullet ban, an eagle passed away in Oregon from lead poisoning. He spent his final days hardly able to move.
It is our responsibility as the caretakers of this land not to poison it. Lead can get into the earth and the water. We’ve seen what it can do to small towns in a matter of months. Eagles are not at fault for this contamination, yet they are suffering most with the outcome. I demand that you put the ban back in place and prevent hunters from using lead bullets.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Yathin S Krishnappa