The fight for a toxic free future
Lead is a toxic pollutant. Yet, it’s spewed into our environment through hunting, sports shooting, and fishing activities. Much to the joy of hunting lobbies, the European Commission is late publishing the legal proposal to ban lead from these activities. Vested interests would be happy if the proposal fails to come out before the next EU elections, which would cause even further delays in the political process. BirdLife will continue its fight to ensure the Commission’s proposal is published in the next four months, and voted in plenary before the Parliament disbands at the end of its mandate in spring 2024.
Toxic-free food would be nice too
Talking about toxic… This autumn, policy makers will return to their copies of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR) and vote on its amendments. It has the meaningful- and much needed – goal to reduce the use and risk of pesticides by 50% by 2030. This law is extremely important to both reverse the trend of collapsing farmland bird populations and improve the health of citizens and farmers. Read more