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Rhode Islanders: Get Rid of Lead Ammunition, Bullhooks

Lawmakers have filed bills that would ban lead bullets and bullhooks.

File photo.
File photo.

A new poll found that the majority of Rhode Islanders want to get rid of lead ammunition.

The Humane Society of the United States reported 62 percent of voters want to phase out lead bullets, which can harm wildlife. The statistics were taken from a survey it conducted.

State Rep. Arthur Handy, D-District 18, and State Sen. Joshua Miller, D-District 28, introduced legislation that would phase out the use of toxic lead ammunition for hunting.

The Humane Society also reported 81 percent of voters agrees with a ban on bullhooks, which are used by trainers on elephants. Critics say they're abusive. Legislation has been filed that would ban the use of the tools on elephants.

“Lead from spent ammunition is known to poison tens of millions of animals every year, including species in Rhode Island," said Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for the Humane Society, said in a statement. "These survey results confirm that Rhode Island residents want this deadly toxin to be phased-out from hunting ammunition, which will further protect wildlife, people and the environment. In addition, devices that cause pain and suffering have no place in the handling of captive elephants. Rhode Island residents have made clear they do not support this kind of treatment toward elephants and we urge legislators to swiftly pass this legislation.”

Jack Baillargeron May 04, 2014 at 09:32 PM
You have to remember that Aspir7n, is not well educated in weapons or ammo. Most ammo today is clad in a very thin copper protection so that when handling the lead will not be transferred to your skin. This stops you from transferring it to anyone else if you forget to wash up after shooting. Just for info. To joe; most States I know of require steel shot if shooting fowl and that has been the standard for most hunters anyway since the hazard of lead to children has been known for a long time. Not sure of the age, but I believe the most serious exposure is 8 years and younger. Older than that the effect of lead in daily average exposure in life is not harmful. Nothing in this bill is about actually stopping anything other than penalizing gun owners period.
Leave RI May 05, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I've seen the effects off lead poisoning in Mosul, Iraq and Kandahar, Islamic Republic of Trashcanistan. It works well on those well deserved peace loving...oops hang on I stepped in some Shiite.
Leave RI May 05, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Well correct and yet the M1 Abrams didn't need the depleted uranium rounds to turn those turds into balls of smelly garbage..well that was also a misspeak since they smelled like that anyway. But to grant their wish to have some virgins, a river of honey and some bacon burgers was a pleasure.

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