What a relief
I was relieved to read James Marchington’s article on the issue of lead shot, which finally provided some balance to the debate on the shooting community side of the argument. BASC and the whole shooting community, to which I belong, are very quick to mention how we care for nature until it means that we might be required to review our practices. Lead has long been known to be a pretty toxic substance and it is obvious to me that spreading small pieces of it all over the countryside can only have negative consequences. BASC’s statement – “No sound evidence, no change” – just sounds like a cynical stalling tactic to put off the inevitable, and that saddens me.
Instead of throwing our teddy out of the pram, wouldn’t it be better to use that energy to concentrate on the development of real lead alternatives? Yes, steel is cheap and good for many things, but badly needs an alternative to the plastic wad to be a general-use replacement. Bismuth and the other lead alternatives are just far too expensive for most people at this time, but how much would the cost reduce if they became mainstream loads? I’d like to know what, if anything, the cartridge manufacturers are doing on these fronts.
Pat Murray, via email