Comment: Pressure mounts against the continuing use of lead ammunition

There are growing calls to phase out the use of lead-based ammunition because of the known negative impacts of lead ingestion on the health of humans and wild animals. Ian Newton provides a summary of what is currently known about the effects of lead in the environment.

Lead ammunition is still widely used for game-hunting in Britain, despite alternatives being available and ever-accumulating evidence for adverse effects of ingested lead on human health and wild-bird populations

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