Lead Ammunition & Fishing Tackle
The government is seeking input on developing an approach to encourage lead-free ammunition, sinkers and jigs in Canada. The OFAH has developed a survey to better understand angler, hunter and recreational shooting perspectives on lead and lead-free alternatives to inform our advocacy on this issue.
Thank you for participating in our survey. The survey is now closed.
- Lead is the most common material in ammunition and some fishing tackle (e.g. sinkers and jigs).
- Anglers and hunters don’t use lead because it is lead, they use it because it is the most available, affordable and effective material.
- Government (and the public) must understand the impacts of a partial or full lead ban on anglers and hunters, and policy must adequately reflect these considerations.
- Non-lead alternatives (e.g. steel, bismuth, tungsten, tin) are:
- not always equivalent in performance
- not as readily available as lead (volume supply and variety)
- far more expensive than lead options
- are not compatible with some firearms and chokes
- The burden of change should not be placed solely on the backs of anglers and hunters.
- If government is serious about encouraging non-lead alternatives for ammunition and fishing tackle, then they must make strategic investments to facilitate a transition (e.g. voluntary programs that provide incentives for change).
- Government must work closely with anglers and hunters, as well as industry to develop a constructive approach to making non-lead alternatives more cost-effective and available
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