CVMA Adds its Voice to the Elimination of Lead Ammunition and Lead Fishing Gear Use

June 13, 2018

In April 2018, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) offered its voice to a letter submitted to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, to reduce Canadians' exposure to lead.
The letter commended the government for its expressed commitment and encouraged it to work in collaboration with Indigenous communities, the provinces, non-governmental organizations and commercial interests to develop and introduce an action plan to phase out the use of lead in ammunition and fishing gear
The letter put forward views on what action is needed to be taken by the federal government to eliminate the use of lead ammunition and lead fishing gear.
  • The scientific evidence is irrefutable that lead ammunition and lead fishing gear are causing harm to human health, to wildlife and to the environment.
  • Effective, lead-free alternatives are available and are being used successfully.
Read letter here.
The CVMA submitted its own letter to Environment Canada officials before the June 1, 2018 deadline to reiterate its stance on the use of use of lead fishing sinkers and lead shot in Canada, which “…opposes the use of lead fishing weights and lead shot because of the direct and indirect toxicity they may induce in wildlife. The CVMA strongly supports the development and use of non-toxic materials for hunting and angling purposes.” Read position here.

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