The American Bird Conservancy and others are trying to stop fishing from using lead, which will put many people and companies out of business, make fishing more expensive and much more difficult. A jighead and sinker will have to be much larger to equal the same weight of lead, can only be made by large companies with blast furnaces to melt steel and rust will become a huge problem in tackle boxes. I believe treble hooks are soldered together, if so, these will no longer be legal to use. The also want to stop hunters from using lead altogether. They are trying to restrict wind turbines and are fighting many more battles. I like to watch birds and take photos of them but I think they are taking this way too far, they are flexing muscles with the power they have through donations. Birds have never been doing so well, some are multiplying so fast they are becoming a big problem, like Pelicans eating newly hatched Bass, Catfish and Walleye and they eat the bait fish that game fish depend on.
Dear Mr. Tackett:
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on the recent petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit the production and distribution of fishing sinkers containing lead. I appreciate the benefit of your views.
On August 3, 2010, the American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and a number of other groups submitted a petition to the EPA under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) asking EPA to “prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of lead for shot, bullets, and fishing sinkers.” On August 27, 2010, EPA denied the portion of the petition relating to lead in ammunition because the Agency does not have the legal authority to regulate this type of product under TSCA.
Because fishing tackle and sinkers fall under EPA’s authority, the Agency is required by law to continue to formally reviewing the petition. I will keep your concerns in mind as the EPA comes to a decision in November regarding the petition.
I will continue to listen to what you and other Illinoisans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Illinois and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation’s politics.
Roland W. Burris
United States Senator
Edit – The person from American Bird Conservancy who’s idea it was to post the photo of a Cat eating a bird was probably burping from eating half a chicken for lunch. We have eight cats and I have only seen two birds killed by our cats. I hardly ever see anything the cats kill except an occasional mouse or mole. They get money from donations then go around and try to find something to attack so they can say they are doing some good and people should donate more. On their website, the promotion of donations is dominate on every page.