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A reminder for hunters: using lead pellets in waterfowl hunting is forbidden
Tomorrow, 20.08, the season for waterfowl hunting in Estonia will start. The Ministry of the Environment would like to remind that according to the new Hunting Act effective from last year, using lead pellets in waterfowl hunting is forbidden.
The ban on lead pellets is due to the negative effect they have on birds looking for food from the bottom of the water body, often swallowing lead pellets leading to poisoning. It mainly affects ducks, geese, swans and the animals that feed on them. The quantity of lead pellets in the bottom of water bodies in areas popular for waterfowl hunting can be very large.
By banning lead pellets, another step is taken towards implementing the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in Estonia. AEWA is an international agreement on nature conservation concluded in 1995 and has been signed by 71 countries and the European Union. Jointly, migratory birds related to wetlands, more specifically 255 species, are protected. Estonia joined the AEWA on 1 November 2008. The extension that was given for implementing the ban on the use of lead pellets in waterfowl hunting ended last year.