'Mad' Marchington over at Sporting Shooter is back on the RSPB's case again this time over its legitimate and socially responsible move to use non lead ammunition on it's reserves when controlling predators. I find more often than not if you read what people write or listen to what they say carefully their underlying motives become clear.
James states he is "still unconvinced by the science behind it all, but in the end I don't think it will make the slightest difference." He doesn't actually state which bit of the science he is unconvinced by but just to help everyone get to grips with this let's highlight a couple of bits of the unconvincing science.
1. Lead poisoning is one of the oldest known work and environmental hazards. (source)
2. The modern understanding of the full extent of the hazards and the small amount of lead necessary to produce them is relatively recent; blood lead levels once considered safe are now considered hazardous. (source)
3.No level of lead in the body below which no harm occurs has been discovered. (source)
What our (unbiased of course) sporting editor does say though is that "I've used non-toxic shotgun ammo, and found it either inferior or considerably more expensive or both - but it still works."
Now you just have to wonder if the words 'inferior' and 'expensive' aren't those hidden motive thingys I referred to earlier. God forbid that anyone should attempt to reduce the quality of ammunition (and here I'll admit my ignorance, does this reduced quality make what your shooting at less dead?)or increase the price simply to avoid the by-product of pointless and unnecessary death and suffering of non game birds. Next thing you know they'll (the Antis, I think it's an affectionate term) be complaining about littering with all those non-biodegradable plastic cartridge casings that get left all over the countryside....as if.