Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke overturned a policy that was put into place on President Obama’s last day in office which banned the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all federal wildlife refuges. It’s unfortunate that the rule was not put in place sooner and even more unfortunate that it has been overturned nearly immediately.
The ban was implemented in response to the very grave problem of lead poisoning in our wildlife.
Of course, as with most things that are done with sound reasoning, the Trump supporting a-holes have no time for things like facts or logic. They will celebrate this as a win for liberty! Even if it’s killing their beloved Bald Eagle that they only really like when plastered on the back of their pick-em-up trucks or boldly across their confederate flag t-shirts.
Because, nothing screams freedom like being given the legal approval to poison not only yourself, but every other living creature you can come in contact with, too!
Conservative fanboy Joe Walsh made a point to celebrate the change.
Interior Secretary repeals ban on lead bullets.
Good. On day one. Great start. https://t.co/Chi2uVhgSD
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 3, 2017
To which a clueless supporter responded:
@WalshFreedom Great 4 Zinke 4 repealing an unnecessary law. We are overregulated.
— John M Marte (@JohnMarte1) March 3, 2017
Radio Host Mark Levin is also thrilled with the overturning of the lead ban. He tweeted:
Obama and his lunatic administration, another brick removed https://t.co/JpZwK4mDvv
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 2, 2017
@marklevinshow How sweet it is!
— kalli (@karmelaje) March 2, 2017
@marklevinshow And many more to come!! Thank you POTUS! Karmas’ a bitch- WRATH OF GOD? Bible VERY clear about serpents.🐍🐍🐍MAGA🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Chelly Griffith (@GriffithChelly) March 2, 2017
@marklevinshow Going to take awhile but us “bitter clingers” are getting some of OUR Liberties back from the Authoritarians.
— Mike Sawyer (@raftersranch17) March 2, 2017
Clearly, these individuals have zero grasp on reality. According to experts, nearly a quarter of all sick or injured bald eagles treated by rescuers are suffering from lead poisoning. Millions of birds suffer lead poisoning each year. The source of the lead toxicity? Gun ammunition used to shoot big game and other animals, as well as fishing lures with lead. The birds end up ingesting the lead while scavenging.
And, here’s the thing. If these people are hunting for their own food with lead ammo, they are also poisoning themselves – which may actually explain why they are having a difficult time understanding why lead=bad.
Lynn Tompkins is the director of Blue Mountain Wildlife in Oregon, a wildlife center currently caring for a lead poisoned bald eagle who has a very grim prognosis. She says about the risks to humans:
The other thing to remember is that people that hunt with lead if you eat that game meat, you’re eating the lead and you’re feeding it to your family. There’s no safe level of lead.
Stop poisoning yourselves, dumbasses. Oh, and stop poisoning our earth while you’re at it. For f*cks sake, this isn’t a political, nor any other kind of “win” for anyone involved – and certainly not the poor eagle featured in the video below.
Watch what is happening to our wildlife because hunters are still using lead ammo: