Dear Fellow Anglers,
Unnecessary and burdensome restrictions on lead in tackle
are being proposed and implemented at an increasing rate. Already, strict
bans have been implemented in five states and proposed in several others,
despite the Environmental Protection Agency concluding on multiple
occasions that sweeping bans on lead fishing tackle are unnecessary.
Bans on lead fishing tackle at the state level can
negatively impact both anglers and the economy. Alternatives materials to
lead can cost anglers up to 20 times what current tackle costs and may not
perform as well, which will likely turn some anglers away from the sport.
If lead is banned all together, stores would not be able to sell most
sinkers and jigs because from a manufacturing standpoint it is impractical
to create an alternative that is completely lead free. These proposals
and the enacted laws are more restrictive than the Consumer Products Safety
Commission’s levels for lead in paint, children’s toys, plumbing fixtures
and non-toxic shot for waterfowl hunting!
Please take action and sign our petition against unfounded
lead restrictions. By signing the petition you are saying you are “opposed
to unfounded and overly restrictive bans on lead in fishing tackle.
Scientific studies have shown no adverse impacts of from recreational
fishing equipment made of lead to fish and wildlife populations or to human
health. Unnecessary bans on lead fishing equipment will have negative
impacts on individual anglers communities dependent on recreational
fishing.” We will use signatures to this petition to fight
legislation in states proposing similar bans to lead tackle.
more information regarding lead in tackle or to sign our petition, please
Here's to tightlines,