Clay Shooting

eu con­sid­ers lead shot ban

- European Union · Iceland · Wales · England and Wales · Scotland · European Commission · Belarus · Austria · United Kingdom · Europe · England

Anew Euro­pean ini­tia­tive could lead to a com­plete ban on lead shot for clay shoot­ing as well as game. Lead shot is al­ready banned for shoot­ing ducks and geese in Eng­land and Wales, and from use over wet­lands in Scot­land.

In the lat­est move, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has in­structed the Euro­pean Chem­i­cals Agency to draw up pro­pos­als for a com­plete ban on lead am­mu­ni­tion through­out the EU. A re­port on whether or not such a re­stric­tion is war­ranted is ex­pected by the end of October 2020.

The ECHA say that fur­ther re­stric­tions on lead am­mu­ni­tion and fish­ing weights are nec­es­sary be­cause of “a grow­ing vol­ume of ev­i­dence world­wide of the neg­a­tive im­pacts of lead am­mu­ni­tion on the en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health”.

Caroline Bedell, BASC’S ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of con­ser­va­tion, said: “There are a num­ber of un­cer­tain­ties around this process at the mo­ment, not least of which is the po­ten­tial im­pact of Brexit and how the UK will re­spond leg­isla­tively to fu­ture di­rec­tives from Europe. Nev­er­the­less, the EC and ECHA have clearly sig­nalled their in­tent to seek a hard line ap­proach in sup­port of a com­plete ban on the use of lead am­mu­ni­tion with the ex­cep­tion of the mil­i­tary.

“BASC is work­ing closely with col­leagues at FACE to en­sure the in­ter­ests of the UK shoot­ing com­mu­nity and am­mu­ni­tion man­u­fac­tur­ers are fully rep­re­sented in Europe. There is still plenty of time for or­gan­i­sa­tions, man­u­fac­tur­ers and in­di­vid­u­als to have an in­put.”

 ??  ?? More lead up the bar­rel, but that could be phased out if the EU gets its way
More lead up the bar­rel, but that could be phased out if the EU gets its way

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