Major opportunity for MEPs to call for a workable law on lead shot over wetlands

Brussels, 19 November 2020Two motions for resolution on the Commission’s proposal to restrict lead shot over wetlands are tabled for a vote in the European Parliament’s Plenary session on 25 November.

The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) welcomes these motions, which call for the major errors to be fixed within the REACH Committee in a concise way. Importantly, FACE supports the well-intentioned objective to phase out lead shot over wetlands.

In this short video – subtitled in DE, FR, IT, PLDr. David Scallan, FACE Secretary General, pleads to Members of the European Parliament to adopt these motions for resolution, which will result in a major improvement towards a clear and workable law for 10 million citizens.

“Phasing out the use of lead shot over wetlands is important, and 23 EU Member States have already done this. This is not about whether we should phase out lead shot over wetlands; this is about how we do it”.

What should this law be about?
Phasing out lead shot (for shotgun shooting) over wetlands.

Who will be affected?
Member States’ enforcement officers, 10 million citizens including hunters, farmers, sports’ shooters, competitive clay shooters, which involves international and Olympic shotgun shooting disciplines.

What are the main errors?
The Commission ignored the advice of its own scientific agency leading to breaches of:

  • The principle of proportionality;
  • The presumption of innocence, resulting in the Commission exceeding the implementing powers under REACH by creating new obligations for “consumers”;
  • The principle of legal certainty.

How to fix it?
MEPs: Workable law is in your hands – Support the motions, so the proposal goes back to the REACH Committee.

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