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“Green” bullets causing controversy

A growing trend in the hunting industry is the use of “green” bullets. These are bullets that do not contain lead, an element widely known to “lower the IQs of children,” as “some hunters, scientists, environmentalists and public health officials worry about lead ammunition’s threat to the environment and public health.”

According to an article at, the issue is leading to public policy. Just last year, the California legislature banned lead bullets near habitats for the endangered California Condor.

Many “hunting groups oppose limits on lead ammunition, saying there’s no risk” and alternatives, mainly copper-based, are too expensive.

What are your thoughts? Usually hunters and conservationists are on the same page. Will enforcing more expensive ammunition discourage hunters? Are lead bullets really harming wildlife habitats? Sound off below.

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