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Save eagles from painful and deadly lead poisoning
  • Petitioning Daniel M. Ashe

This petition will be delivered to:

Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Daniel M. Ashe
Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Rowan W. Gould
Deputy Director for Policy
Stephen D. Guertin
Chief, USFWS Division of Congressional and Legislative Affairs
Matthew Huggler
National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action
Chris W. Cox
Executive Vice President NRA
Wayne LaPierre

Save eagles from painful and deadly lead poisoning

    1. Petition by

      Larry Allan

      Sarasota, FL

I’ve been fascinated with eagles, falcons, condors, and other raptors for decades, and I’m increasingly concerned about how lead is unintentionally poisoning and killing them. I’ve spent countless hours  photographing these wild birds, and visiting rescue and rehabilitation centers. I need your help on this petition because more must be done by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the NRA to protect these amazing wild animals from an agonizing death caused by toxic lead ammunition.

Here’s the big problem facing wildlife right now.  Hunters often use lead ammunition because it’s -- well, the "norm." But after a hunter makes his or her shot, there are unintended consequences from the bits of soft lead left scattered throughout different organs in the target animal.

When birds like bald and golden eagles come to pick off what is left after hunters hit their intended targets (for example, deer), they then become poisoned by one of the largest sources of unchecked lead contamination in the United States. Just think of all the steps we have taken to keep you and your kids safe from lead in paint and toys, and ask yourself why lead in bullets and buckshot should be any different.

I want to be very clear. This is not an anti-hunting petition. This is not an anti-gun petition. This is just one issue that I think most people will agree on. I hope we can come together to help these incredible birds. The fact is, I have been to wildlife rehabilitation centers and seen first hand the painful and deadly effects of these lead projectiles, along with the chemical analyses and x-rays which back up the lead source of these horrific problems. Experts already report that 130 species of wildlife are at risk of being poisoned by spent lead ammunition.

Now for the good news and the reason I think this petition will make a difference.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already banned lead ammunition for duck and goose hunting due to concerns that waterways were becoming contaminated and because of secondary poisoning of eagles feeding on lead-poisoned waterfowl. There are requirements for use of non-lead ammunition for hunting in various state parks and federal wildlife refuges, too. Reports indicate that the majority of U.S. states already have partial or local restrictions on the use of lead ammunition based on species or season. California is on the verge of banning lead ammunition for all hunting nationwide. All that’s left is their Governor’s signature. With a state like California signing on specifically because of the health and animal welfare concerns, it’s the right time to ask other powerful stakeholders to step up to protect these magnificent birds. Alternative ammunition is already widely available.

Please sign to ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NRA to come together as allies with the American people who want to put wildlife welfare and preservation, environmental sustainability, and public safety above any need for lead-based bullets and buckshot.

Photo copyright Larry Allan 2013. All rights reserved.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Help Us Save Eagles

      Larry Allan
      Petition Organizer

      While we've nearly reached 7500 signatures on our petition, we need many more to truly and effectively influence this very serious issue. After you sign, please encourage your friends to read our petition and sign it, too, if they agree. It's the right thing to do to save those wonderful raptors and other species from agonizing deaths due to lead poisoning, but we can't influence others without your continued help. For our wildlife, I thank you.

      Sincerely, Larry

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Eve Talton WYCOMBE, PA
      • 8 days ago

      I love animals

    • Susan Werb STUART, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      As stewards of the Earth it is so important that we protect all of its inhabitants!

    • Sarah Storm LYNCHBURG, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      I agree that this should be stopped

    • Jaclyn Kibbe WORCESTER, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      While I don't like the act of hunting, I think that at least we can try to stop lead from poisoning other species. Save the birds!!

    • Mario Uribe ORANGE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Eagles are a endangered species


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