Comments:California lead bullet ban moves forward
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Hey, whats the connection to lead bullets in particular? Bullets are made from heavy metals anyway that would also poison an animal if ingested. Also, how would a bullet made from another metal differ if it was ingested?
Banning lead bullets won't save the California Condor
Since 1980 about $40 million has been spent in an effort to 'save' the California Condor from extinction. For that cost, we now have about 300 living birds...half of them still in captivity.
The condor came to be during an era when very large creatures roamed the land, and left very large carcasses to be scavenged. In addition, the birds watched the seacoasts for beached whales, and other large marine animals.
Today, the giant elk, mammoth, and other super-fauna are extinct, and a beached whale doesn't remain exposed for scavenging any longer than it takes the local beach-front property owner to call for removal.
Therefore, it's only natural that the condor should follow it's natural food sources into extinction.
The effort to 'save' the condor is not only grossly expensive, but wholly unnatural. That is clearly proven by the fact that they do not maintain viable populations when released into the wild...unless they are regularly fed by researchers.
This effort to ban lead bullets is an agenda-driven ploy to restrict shooting...and will have no effect on the survivability of a bird that is already doomed.
I find it extremely ludicrous that a state which has voted to allow huge amounts of lead to be added to its water supply in the form of the fluoride waste used for water fluoridation, is worried about this same substance in the form of lead bullets. Fluoride waste used for water fluoridation, along with its high lead content, greatly increases the amount of lead absorbed by those consuming the water due to the fluoride itself. Other countries are removing fluoride since its link to cavities has now been disproved and the EPA scientists have spoken on this many times. David Getoff, CCN —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:14, 27 August 2008 (UTC)