House votes to nullify lead shot regulation

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The Iowa House voted Thursday to nullify a state administrative rule that banned the use of lead shot by dove hunters.

The regulation was originally proposed by the Natural Resource Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor.

Many environmental advocates oppose the rule’s nullification, and argue that lead shot can harm the environment by poisoning animals that inadvertently ingest the pellets.

“Lead has proven to be harmful,” said Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic, D-Waterloo. “ I have done much research on this, and the most surprising feedback I’ve had from my constituents has been from those who do hunt who say, ‘You know, lead is not necessary.’ They are concerned about the impact that it will have on the wildlife and what kind of a planet it will leave for their kids and grandkids.”

Proponents of lead shot say that the number of bird deaths linked to lead poisoning is not significant enough to cause concern.

“The Natural Resources Commission overstepped its authority and the intent of the Legislature in its July 2011 meeting,” said Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield.

In November 2011, the Iowa Environmental Focus distributed a radio segment arguing against the use of lead shot.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

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