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Washington State, PETA and the Lakefront home owners associations are trying to get a TOTAL lead ban in the law, HB 2241 is a bill that will ban lead fishing tackle, it was read into session on 01/10/12 and has been sent to the Environmental Committee for action, it will pass there and come up for a vote. We can stop these by writing and calling our Representatives NOW! Follow link for bill HB 2241 and link to your Representative.  http://bassfedwa.homestead.com/Conservation.html


Mark Byrne

Conservation Director

BASS of Washington

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Comment by Tyler Young on January 27, 2012 at 1:31am

Holy Frickin crap. This would not be good

Comment by Mark Byrne on January 26, 2012 at 11:37pm

News from Washington State:


HB 2241 The lead ban on fishing tackle died today in committee, I was feeling good about our efforts as I had heard back from many of the committee members and they understood what the bill was all about and had planned to not support it. While we have not won the war we have truly won the battle, this was one of the fastest defeats of a bill I have seen in a long time and it was all because of the anglers getting involved phoning and writing their Representatives and Senators. Good job everyone and Thanks!

Mark Byrne

Conservation Director

BASS of Washington


Comment by rzone on January 19, 2012 at 2:13pm

Chad, there is already a movement on the lead ammo. I read an article last night about Tungsten and how bad it is for the environment, they specifically mentioned using it as a lead substitute for ammo.

Comment by Chad Simon on January 19, 2012 at 11:05am

If they get anywhere with this bill, I bet the next thing they will go after will be  ammunition containing lead. It's pretty sad the environmental committee has nothing better do as formentioned. Better go burry your ammo now! Do we have any further information on who the "Lakefront home owners association" is?

Comment by rzone on January 18, 2012 at 4:14pm

John, you are spot on about that, those fertilizers and pesticides are doing far more damage. If the environment committee had their act together, they would spend tax payer dollars on that and not banning lead fishing weights.

I will be watching how the vote of each committee member goes down, and will make damn sure that everyone who votes for this, their opposition sees a check from me in the next election.

We need representatives who don't rely on junk science and knee jerk reactions, and put our already fragile economy further into the ditch.

I have reached out to dozens of my friends who have filled out the form at:


When the committee members show up tomorrow, their staffers need to be reporting overwhelming opposition to this bill.

First they ban lead, then they will go after all forms of fishing, because fish are more important than humans. And don't think I am making that up, read this:


Comment by John Mark Minica on January 17, 2012 at 8:57pm

Lakefront homeowners association...you mean the ones who live on the lakes who have REALLY nice, weed free lawns....Maybe they should do more research on the affects of the chemicals to keeps those lawns so nice. Oh, I forgot, those chemicals are ok because the chemical companies have the lobby money that says so. It seems they are playing pin the tail on the least powerful group. How about we propose a bill to ban lakefront homes...see how they like that....

Comment by Marc Marcantonio on January 17, 2012 at 1:29pm

Good job, Chad!

Comment by Chad Simon on January 17, 2012 at 6:20am

Sent my 2 cents off to Rep Dammeier! As time consuming as it is for us, we need to stay one step ahead!

Comment by Marc Marcantonio on January 16, 2012 at 8:31pm

You still have a long way to go, Chad...BTW, this has now progressed well beyond a few looney loon advocates; they have enlisted the entire Audubon Society and PETA.  They are convinced lead in the environment is bad for everything!  Apparently they never learned that Lead (Pb) is an Element; it occurs naturally and will be here forever, whether it is in a fishing sinker or raw in the ground!

The Hormone supplements and anti-depressants the birders take everyday and urinate into their septic systems cause more environmental damage than my lead fishing sinkers!  Give me a break!



Comment by Chad Simon on January 16, 2012 at 8:12pm

Shouldn't boating be banned during the nesting/incubation period since they nest near/ on the water. We wouldn't wan't man made waves to destroy a nest, or stress them out. Incubation usually takes about a month, and happens in late spring/summer. Loons don't nest near each other either, they are all spread out. Therefore, shouldn't boating be banned on all bodies of water May-July? I mean if we're gonna save one, we should save all! Sorry........I just wanted to see if I could make myself sound as stupid as peta seems to me

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