Another reason why lead shot should be banned, particularly on England’s water catchments!

The World Health Organisation give these key facts regarding lead –

Key facts Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.

Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time. Human exposure is usually assessed through the measurement of lead in blood.

Lead in bone is released into blood during pregnancy and becomes a source of exposure to the developing fetus.

There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable.


Lead shot used to shoot game birds has been used on moorland owned by United Utilities as an important water catchment in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland for well over 100 years. No one knows how damaging the long term cumulative effect of deposited lead shot on this moorland region has now become.

So when a man on a Red Grouse shoot is shot in the head along with his loader what can be done to remove the lead from his brain? The answer is nothing. But if the shooter had been using steel shot instead of lead, the pellets could be removed. This is due to the lead being too soft to be removed in such a sensitive area of the body ie., the brain.

This happened on a grouse shoot in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty in 2016 but if you look for it on the net you will not find it as a news item! Why?

What if the man in the other butt did it on purpose and did not like the man who was shot? Are these shoots totally away from the law of this land as we know they are for killing ‘so called’ protected birds of prey and mammals! Lead is deadly even not shot into the brain.

Lead on Red Grouse moors is shot over a limited area surrounding grouse butts. These butts have been standing for over a 100 years with a range of 50 yards so a small area of a moor is contaminated but as both United Utilities and Yorkshire Water including others have shoots on their land what effect on the water drunk by millions of their customers?

Don’t worry this government supports Red Grouse shooting and don’t care for people other than those putting coppers into the Conservative Party. Lead is here to stay! No wonder most of these politicians are ‘Brain’ dead!

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