Thousands of children are at risk of brain damage after eating game that is killed with lead ammunition, new report claims

shotshell-p148Children are being put at risk of brain damage after eating game killed with lead ammunition, according to a new controversial report. Experts have said that some 10,000 children are regularly eating game meat that has been shot using lead ammunition, which can have harmful side effects.

They also claim that thousands of adults could also be suffering from symptoms caused by eating contaminated meat.  Experts have said that some 10,000 children are regularly eating game meat that has been shot using lead ammunition, which can have harmful side effects. Pictured is roasted partridge in a pan

The report by the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) was set up by Government ministers to assess the health effects of game shot using lead ammunition and was due to conclude that there should be a complete phase out of lead shots.

But according to the Sunday Telegraph, the findings of the report has led to a split in the Lead Ammunition Group, with landowners, shooters and game dealers resigning from the group en masse saying there is no ‘sound scientific evidence’ to support the claims.

It is explained that 6,000 tonnes of lead from the ammunition is left on or close to the surface of soil, where it can be swallowed by game birds or animals.

Mr Swift wrote: ‘Nobody in the world thinks that lead isn’t a poison and if you’re depositing 6,000 tonnes of it into the environment you have to be thinking rather seriously about why that isn’t a problem.

‘If you are putting game into public markets, you need to be thinking very carefully about how you make sure it doesn’t have elevated lead levels.’

Around 6,000 tonnes of lead from the ammunition is left on or close to the surface of soil, where it can be swallowed by game birds or animals
Around 6,000 tonnes of lead from the ammunition is left on or close to the surface of soil, where it can be swallowed by game birds or animals

But Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance told the Telegraph that they dispute the findings of the report.

He said: ‘There is very little clear, peer-reviewed evidence, of any problem to human health and the environment from lead ammunition that can’t be solved with clear advice on things such as how to butcher game meat properly.’

Lead shot is currently only banned from use in wetlands and foreshores or against ducks, geese, waders, coots and moorhens.

A serious point of public interest

United Utilities PLC who provide drinking water to millions of their customers throughout the north west of England, remains the only water utility company that permits the use of lead filled ammunition to be used to kill game on their upland water catchments .

 

1 comment to Thousands of children are at risk of brain damage after eating game that is killed with lead ammunition, new report claims

  • ros berrington

    Time to get back in touch with the supermarkets again!I will also be contacting United Utilities.Unbelievable.