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Jagermeister 08-16-2013 05:44 PM

Boy suffers lead poison from pellets
 
Lazy...lazy...lazy...now the boy is suffering for years due to something the parents could have prevented. As a parent I know that young ones are not looking for pellets while eating game.

http://news.yahoo.com/source-boys-mysterious-lead-poisoning-unlikely-place-121923407.html

orangello 08-16-2013 06:12 PM

The article I read indicated that the kid said he had deliberately eaten some as part of playing a game.

Jagermeister 08-16-2013 06:20 PM

"One important question to ask is, why not use copper pellets?" Zardawi said. The pellets used to kill the birds usually stay inside the animal, and the lead can be dangerous to other animals and to whoever eats the meat. The whole family had high levels of lead, he said. Hmmm.....

The last sentence is what caught my attention.

steadyshot 08-16-2013 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by orangello (Post 1337247)
The article I read indicated that the kid said he had deliberately eaten some as part of playing a game.

Yep, when I think of all the games I played as a kid, never did I consider eating lead pellets are any other metal objects as a game.

Kids now days will make a game out of anything......:eek:

orangello 08-16-2013 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jagermeister (Post 1337256)
"One important question to ask is, why not use copper pellets?" Zardawi said. The pellets used to kill the birds usually stay inside the animal, and the lead can be dangerous to other animals and to whoever eats the meat. The whole family had high levels of lead, he said. Hmmm.....

The last sentence is what caught my attention.

That last sentence is eye-catching, but look at the source. The speaker isn't just a doctor (notoriously anti-gun) but an AUSTRALIAN doctor. So, the speaker is from an anti-gun profession and living in a country with some seriously overboard anti-gun laws. I'm not sure how much stock I put in that man's word, but it is somewhere down there with what the used car salesman tells you about his rustbucket offerings being driven only to and from bingo by an elderly car care enthusiast. The article didn't specifically state that the rest of the family had been tested for high lead levels.


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The pellets likely came from the geese the boy’s family regularly hunted and ate, they later told the doctors. The boy and his siblings said they had been eating the pellets as part of a game the played, to make the pellets disappear.
It looks to me like the boy owned up to swallowing the pellets once he knew he was caught, and ONLY after he knew he was caught.


I don't hunt waterfowl or eat waterfowl, but I don't trust a biased doctor or government agency telling me it is unhealthy.

orangello 08-16-2013 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by steadyshot (Post 1337296)
Yep, when I think of all the games I played as a kid, never did I consider eating lead pellets are any other metal objects as a game.

Kids now days will make a game out of anything......:eek:

In his defense, BB guns are probably hard to come by in Australia; so, what else did the kid have for "entertainment". Too bad, he could've been out culling rabbits while practicing his marksmanship, BUT OH NOES!!! that wouldn't serve "the greater good". Gun control FTL!

Jagermeister 08-16-2013 08:08 PM

Careful, this might get moved to the conspiracy section:eek: Well, I never trusted doctors myself. Long story. Let us just say they assume to much.

c3shooter 08-16-2013 08:44 PM

So- Australia still permits the use of lead shot for WATERFOWL?

Been outlawed here in the US for several years. Non-toxic shot required- steel, Bismuth, etc.

Jagermeister 08-16-2013 08:46 PM

Same here.

c3shooter 08-16-2013 11:41 PM

Did some checking- not permitted for waterfowl in Australia since 2001.

http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/game-hunting/about-game-hunting/publications/non-toxic-shot-booklet


Something about this story is simply not very......



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