Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is joining with conservation groups to sue the California Fish and Game Commission for allowing hunters to use lead bullets. The lawsuit comes in the wake of legislation defeated earlier this year that sought to ban lead ammo in order to protect the California condor. The endangered giant vultures ingest bullets when feeding on carcasses of squirrels and other target-practice creatures left behind by hunters. PSR is focusing on the health of hunters and their families, pointing to the documented dangers of lead, which has been shown to cause brain damage and other serious health problems, and the presence of lead residue in the meat of game shot with lead bullets. Most hunters nonetheless favor lead bullets because they are cheap and effective. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Wishtoyo Foundation (a Chumash environmental group) also joined the suit against the commission.

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