I was sent this today, which makes some interesting reading, particularly on the issue of lead free ammunition.
CIC press release CIC Wildlife: “All Wild?”
“All Wild?” This was the title of a two-day symposium organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV - Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz) together with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR – Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung) on the results of a BMELV-research project “Hunting and the food security of venison”.
The research found that with venison, lead is found not only close to the wounds caused by the shot, but also in other parts of the animals’ body. The lead input from ammunition was also found to be the main source of lead in venison. With regard to health risks, alternative ammunition materials such as copper or zinc are a better solution.
“No more animal experiments in the wild!” – According to a questionnaire done by the Federal Hunting Association (DJV – Deutscher Jagdschutzverband) on hunting ammunition, 36% of hunters already using lead-free ammunition switched back to lead. They claim worse killing effect, poor shooting precision and the risk of ricochets associated with lead-free ammunition. The DJV is requesting standardised methods of testing for lead-free ammunitions associated with the most widely used hunting calibres. Given the apparent inadequacies of the currently available lead-free ammunition to replace lead varieties, their use can be equated to “experimentation on animals in the wild”.
“Venison on the table once a week.” – The DJV urged hunters to clean venison more thoroughly, especially around the shot wounds. Venison Hygiene should form a special chapter in the hunting exam. Venison is nevertheless a very healthy source of protein and a high-quality food source.
You can read the full press releases in German below: