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Minnesota Lawmakers Eye Lead-In-Venison Issue

From the Pioneer Press:

The chairman of the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the human and wildlife health risks posed by lead bullet fragments in venison.
Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, said he wants lawmakers to review recent research on lead fragments found in Minnesota's food-shelf venison before acting on any legislation restricting lead hunting bullets.

"If there is a reasonable issue, we will address it, but it will be based on the facts," he said. "I want to go over all studies that are out there. . . ."

Understandably, their hackles are raised," Chaudhary said of hunters' concerns. "I absolutely want to avoid a political slugfest between hunters and anti-hunters."


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I read in North American Hunter that the people who ate venison in fact had lower levels of lead in their body than the rest of the population. In that same article the doctor who released the first lead studies was a person that was working for the movement to remove lead from ammunition. You can take that information however you like it, but no matter what you eat your body is going to get contaminants.

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