A California law expanding the ban on lead ammo for hunting in the roosting and scavenging territories of condors to the entire state cleared the assembly this week. The law, which goes to the senate next, will ban all lead-based ammo for hunting.
The state assembly passed the bill Thursday closely following party lines, with a vote of 44-21. It now faces the senate, and with 27 Democratic senators and 11 Republican (and two vacancies) the bill is expected to be made into law.
Condors and other scavengers including the golden eagle and turkey vulture are showing high levels of wide-spread lead poisoning, and while ingesting bullets from scavenging unclaimed game is common to these animals, it hasn’t been proven to be the cause of their lead poisoning.