Written by Mike Swan, GWCT Head of Education
Originally published in The Shooting Times
In asking about human fatalities due to lead poisoning, A. Oldfield (letters 3/11) is surely asking the wrong question. If eating game shot with lead were that dangerous, use of lead in shooting would have become illegal long ago. What we should worry about is the sub lethal effects of this toxic metal. I guess that in common with me, Mr Oldfield has eaten lots of game from childhood, and that may well have compromised our brain development, even if only a wee bit.
Now, having fed plenty of lead shot game to both of my sons, I feel more than a little guilty that I may have compromised their potential too. So, if I am lucky enough to have grandchildren, I look forward to them living in a world that is not contaminated by lead from shooting.