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Beach Town Criminalizes Balloon Possession

In Wrightsville Beach, these kids' parents would be slapped with $300 in fines for unlawful possession of balloons.

In Wrightsville Beach, these kids' parents would be slapped with $300 in fines for unlawful possession of balloons.

Simply holding inflated balloons on a string while strolling the beach in one N.C. town will result in a $100 fine. Letting go of the balloons will cost you an extra $250, courtesy of Wrightsville Beach’s Board of Aldermen.

The possession and/or release of inflated balloons on the local beachfront was criminalized on Nov. 18 by a 3-2 vote. Mayor Pro Tem Bill Blair and Alderman Susan Collins dissented, saying the ban is an unnecessary assault on good old-fashioned fun enjoyed by young and old alike.

“You can’t criminalize balloon possession,” Blair scolded his colleagues. Collins echoed his sentiments, stating, “Supposing somebody’s just holding a balloon, they’re not releasing it or killing anybody.”

Alderman Lisa Weeks, who cast the decisive vote, said she did it “for the sea turtles.” She and her fellow balloon banners are convinced that sea turtles confuse deflated balloons for yummy jellyfish, resulting in suffocation and death.

Agree of disagree with the Board of Aldermen criminalizing the possession and/or release of inflated balloons? Share your thoughts with the Board of Aldermen (click link for email addresses and telephone numbers). Be sure to ask how many sea turtle autopsies reveal balloons as the primary cause of death.

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Anti-Hunting Groups Want Sportsmen to Use Safer Bullets and Fish Hooks

Perhaps the EPA will call this concerned citizen as an expert witness to support the anti-hunting groups' case. One can only hope!

Perhaps the EPA will call this concerned citizen as an expert witness to support the anti-hunting groups' case. One can only hope!

Concerned by the health risks posed to fish and wildlife by sportsmen’s lead-based bullets and fish hooks, anti-hunting groups are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make hunting and fishing safer for animals, both dead and alive. Sportsmen counter that the anti-hunting effort is sheer propaganda supported only by junk science.

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) plan to submit a petition to the EPA declaring that that “’it is now incontrovertible fact’ that lead fragments in the bodies of animals shot with lead bullets or lead pellets are “a serious source of lead exposure to scavenging animals’ and a health risk to humans who eat hunters’ kills,” The New York Times (NYT) reports.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has known about the efforts of anti-hunting activist groups since the CBD announced last month in an email alert their plan to launch in August a national campaign to ban the use of traditional ammunition throughout the entire United States. The NSSF wrote in a July 14 blog notice that it “considers the protection of traditional ammunition, specifically the ability of hunters and sportsmen to continue choosing for themselves the best ammunition to shoot, a legislative, regulatory and legal priority.”

Additionally, the NSSF details in an online “Fact Sheet” the propaganda and junk science that is being used by anti-hunting groups to support their on ban lead and traditional ammunition.

“Recently, some have falsely claimed that the use of traditional ammunition poses a danger to (1) wildlife, in particular raptors such as bald eagles, that may feed on entrails or unrecovered game left in the field and (2) that there is a human health risk from consuming game harvested using traditional ammunition,” the NSSF fact sheet states. “There is simply no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact to wildlife populations that would require restricting or banning the use of traditional ammunition beyond current limitations, such as the scientifically-based restriction on waterfowl hunting. And, there is absolutely no evidence that consuming game harvested using tradition ammunition poses a human health risk. In fact, there has never been a single instance of an elevated lead level in a human in the history of the United States due consuming harvested game.”

The NYT was quick to take the CBD’s word that “Scientists” have found “compelling evidence of harm to many species” caused by lead-based bullets without citing (or asking for) any specific studies to back-up their claims. Maybe that’s because, as the NSSF notes, the evidence just isn’t there or is based on junk science supplied by doctors aligned with the anti-hunting groups.

“For more than a century, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely consumed game harvested using traditional hunting ammunition,” the NSSF notes. “Yet, in 2008, when a dermatologist from North Dakota who is on the board of the Peregrine Fund – a group whose stated mission it is to ban the use of traditional ammunition for hunting – claimed to have collected from food pantries packages of venison that contained fragments from lead bullets, many people became concerned and some officials overreacted to the allegations made at the time that this proved that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition posed a human health risk.”

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On the Front Lines

StimulatingJuly 2, 2010

House Committee Considers ‘Historic’ Nanny State Nutrition Bill
FoodSafetyNews.com; July 2, 2010
“The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, an $8 billion initiative, would boost funding and set nutritional standards for food sold in schools … ‘There is no better investment–no better stimulus to our economy–than feeding this nation’s children healthy and well,’ said well-known chef and Top Chef host, Tom Colicchio before Congress yesterday.”

UK: Teachers Raid and Rate Kids’ Lunchboxes
Daily Mail (UK); July 2, 2010
“[Teachers] secretly photographed pupils’ packed lunches over six months and analysed the contents. Staff awarded marks to the food and then showed their findings to outraged parents, offering them advice on how to improve nutrition.”

Brits Warned Listening to Sports Radio as Lethal as Driving Drunk
Sky.com; July 2, 2010
“As Britain enjoys a feast of summer sport, motorists are being warned that listening to matches on the radio may be as dangerous as drink-driving.”

School District Sued for Banning Bibles on Religious Freedom Day
FOXNews.com; July 2, 2010
“For years, the Collier County school district allowed a local Christian organization, World Changers of Florida, to distribute free Bibles to interested students during off-school hours on January 16 for Religious Freedom Day. Now the group is filing suit after being told by the school board that it can no longer distribute the Bibles on campus because they do not provide any educational benefit to the students.”

County’s Proposed “Dangerous Weapons” Ban Angers Sportsmen
Globe Gazette (Iowa); July 2, 2010
Having a six-inch long knife in your fishing tackle box while parked in the county courthouse parking lot could land you in a heap of legal trouble.

The Tyranny of the Anti-Junk Food Crusade
National Center for Policy Analysis; July 2, 2010
“The United Kingdom’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) claims that junk food is responsible for 40,000 deaths a year. However, the evidence on which this claim is made is highly dubious, says Rob Lyons, deputy editor of Spiked.”

Rusty Old Military Top Brass Urge Congress to Ban Junk Food in U.S. Schools
MissionReadiness.org; July 1, 2010
“Representing more than 150 retired U.S. admirals and generals across the country, a retired U.S. Army Major General from California told a Congressional panel today that child obesity rates are so high they pose a threat to national security.”

Global ‘Warming’ Advocates Plug Going Dark to Save Energy
EurekAlert.com; June 30, 2010
While scientists are giddy about the green benefits to Mother Earth from turning-off lights, they neglect to address the dangers associated with doing so, namely, tripping, falling, slipping and potentially getting mugged or raped in a dark alley.

Flawed Yale Study On Junk Food Promotes Policy Without Evidence
Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit; June 29, 2010
“The ‘study’ is really a hack job to promote a particular policy outcome. The researchers take these 40 kids and leap to a conclusion that literally has nothing to do with the research. The researchers proclaim a policy outcome that could not be drawn from the research no matter what the results. The researchers proclaim: ‘These findings suggest that the use of licensed characters to advertise junk food to children should be restricted.'”

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