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Dutch ban lead pellets for clay pigeon shooting

The Netherlands has banned lead and zinc pellets for clay pigeon shooting on environmental grounds. The Dutch environment ministry says cartridges used to shoot more than 7.5 million clay pigeons per year release 200 tonnes of lead plus other metal and plastic residues into soils. The clay pigeons themselves contain bitumen which releases 1.1 tonnes of polyaromatic hydrocarbons per year, the ministry adds, but has not proposed further controls. Sweden, Spain and Norway have recently announced tighter controls on the use of lead shot for hunting wild birds. See press release.

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