Lead ammo now OK for national parks, public lands again thanks to Trump

Cheryl Chumley | WND -- 

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke rides a horse to his first day on the job. Zinke was confirmed by the Senate the day before, by a 68-31 vote.

Ryan Zinke, in one of his first acts as the newly seated secretary of Interior, overturned a much-hated and twelfth-hour Barack Obama-era ban on lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3346, repealing a directive put in place by Obama to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that prohibited hunters from using lead ammo on the public lands. Obama’s directive was issued just one day before President Donald Trump took office.

Zinke also signed another order that expands the access of hunters and fishers on federal properties, and gives recreational users more freedoms.

“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy,” Zinke said in a statement. “This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”

Obama’s ban on lead ammunition came at the insistence of environmental and animal-rights groups’ members who said the lead was poisoning for land and beast alike.

The Center for Biological Diversity, for examples, said up to 20 million birds and other animals die of lead poisoning each year from the 100,000 tons of lead left on lands by hunters and fishers, as well as other sports enthusiasts.