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They definitely did not Tweet it. The American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Association of Avian Veterinarians and other groups have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to ban lead in hunting ammunition and fishing tackle, claiming that 20 million birds and animals die of lead poisoning each year - justifying their demands through the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.

Nonsense, counters the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association.

“There is simply no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact on wildlife populations that would require restricting or banning the use of traditional ammunition beyond current limitations,” says NSSF President Steve Sanetti, who points out U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data shows that breeding pairs of bald eagles have increased 724 percent in recent years.

Mr. Sanetti also draws attention to the federal excise tax ammunition manufacturers - 11 percent - is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding.

“Hunters and their ammunition have done more for wildlife than the Center for Biological Diversity ever will,” observes NSSF General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane.

POLL JU JOUR

62 percent of Americans say things are going “very/moderately badly” for the U.S. in Afghanistan.

55 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans approve of the way President Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan.

36 percent of Americans overall approve of Mr. Obama’s handling of Afghanistan.

52 percent say the U.S. was right to send troops to Afghanistan.

43 percent say it was a mistake.

Source: A USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1,208 adults conducted July 27 to Aug. 1.

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