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This Popular Pastime Kills up to 20 Million Healthy Animals Each Year

People who do this likely don't realize how they're causing very painful and unnecessary deaths to more than 130 species. Anyone who loves animals must know how their perfectly legal actions cause organ failure, brain damage, blindness, paralysis, seizures and death in so many innocent creatures.

animal lead poisoning

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • An estimated 10 million to 20 million animals are killed by lead poisoning every year in the U.S.
  • Animals and birds may be poisoned from eating spent lead shot, bullet fragments and lead fishing sinkers or by eating another contaminated animal
  • California is the only state that has banned all lead hunting ammunition, which is to be phased out by July 2019

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