Lead Ammunition

The Lead Ammunition Group considered the evidence to assess what risks lead shot may pose to human health and wildlife, as well as the impact of alternative shot made from steel. Disappointingly several members of the Group resigned while its report was being prepared, meaning consensus could not be reached. 
 
After receiving the report, the Food Standards Agency sought independent advice from the Committee on Toxicity about its recommendations on human health. As a result it concluded that its current public advice, that people who frequently eat lead-shot game should cut down on it to minimise risks from lead intake, did not need to be changed.
 
The report did not show that the impacts of lead ammunition on health or wildlife were significant enough to justify changing policy. The Government has therefore decided not to ban lead ammunition.
 
It may interest you to hear that the use of lead shot is currently restricted in England to protect waterfowl from lead poisoning. Its use is banned on all foreshores, certain Sites of Special Scientific Interest and for all shooting of ducks, geese, coots and moorhen. In addition, Ministers recognise that there seems to be an issue with poor compliance with the regulations, so they will look at how they can be implemented more effectively.