Re: “Groups want ban on lead” (TNT, 3-26).
Since 1991, non-lead shot has been a requirement for all waterfowl hunters, and the incidences of lead poisoning has decreased. Those who are proposing non-lead bullets for all shooting and hunting are anti-gun or anti-hunting advocates.
If their concern was really for birds they would target the real problem, which is cats.
According to the Wild Bird Conservancy website, there are approximately 77 million domestic house cats in the U.S. A conservative estimate of one bird kill per month per cat would put the annual wild bird loss at 1.8 billion, give or take a few million. Add to that the feral cats, of which there may be even more and which have to hunt every day for their food, and the numbers become really astounding.
Not only are songbirds affected, but also hawks, owls, falcons, weasels, foxes and other carnivores that rely on moles, voles, mice, lizards and snakes; they have to compete with house cats for their sustenance.
Isn’t it ironic that those who are so concerned about swans are just as likely as anyone to be providing food, shelter, health care and love to a vicious and efficient hunter of wild birds?