Anti-Lead Petition Rejected By Fish and Wildlife


In a surprise to many, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently rebuffed demands from a series of environmentalist groups to phase out the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle on public land. 

The FWS, part of the Department of Interior, reports to Debra Haaland, a former Democrat lawmaker from New Mexico who was backed for her current position by well-known anti-hunting groups such as WildEarth Guardians and the HSUS.  In 2022, the agency was presented with a 63-page petition from the Center for Biological Diversity – an activist organization that pro-gun groups have characterized as one that “fights against regulated sport hunting at nearly every opportunity” – to ban lead ammo and fishing gear on the more than 500 million acres of federal lands by 2024. 

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