Venison donations may come with a side of lead

Commentary by Joan O’Brien
NH Bulletin (republished by Seacoast Online)
November 6, 2023

It’s deer hunting season, and once again the New Hampshire Food Bank is promoting its “Hunt for the Hungry” program, encouraging hunters to donate deer meat (venison) to the food bank.

It’s a feel-good program that gets a lot of positive press. What’s not mentioned in the promotion is the very real danger that donated venison could contain lead.

It’s a real possibility, one that Scott Mason, executive director of New Hampshire Fish and Game, touched on at the September New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission meeting. Describing a recent ballistics presentation, he said, “… As the bullet travels through the target it is shedding lead … now you have lead in your meat.”

Lead bullets fragment into hundreds of tiny pieces upon impact. Studies show that fragments too small to detect by sight, touch, or chewing can be present in the flesh of deer shot with lead ammunition.

Hunters are accustomed to discarding meat near the wound site, but lead fragments have been shown to travel up to 18 inches from the point of impact.

This X-ray image above shows more than 450 lead fragments spread through the neck of a deer shot with a lead rifle bullet. (Courtesy of the National Park Service)

Recommendations for safe blood lead levels have been moved lower and lower over the years as researchers learn more about the effects of lead. Today we know that no amount of lead exposure is safe. “Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect learning, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement,” according to the CDC.

While the Hunt for the Hungry program may be well intentioned, venison donations could be putting a vulnerable population at risk.

Nancy Mellitt, director of development at the NH Food Bank, says the issue of lead in venison donations has never come up. “Any meat donated to the food bank is processed by a USDA butcher. … They are experts in that field,” she said.

Beyond the dinner plate, the use of lead ammunition also harms wildlife and the environment. Birds of prey, foxes, and other scavenging animals get lead poisoning from eating contaminated carcasses and “gut piles” left behind by hunters.

Eagles are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead, because their acidic stomachs quickly break down and absorb any ingested lead. A piece of lead the size of a grain of rice is enough to kill an eagle. Lead poisoning can also make animals lethargic and disoriented so that they are at greater risk of fatal accidents.

Ducks, geese, and swans are also highly susceptible to lead poisoning because they naturally consume small rocks (“grit”) to help them grind food in their gizzards. Lead fragments from spent bullets or fishing tackle are easily mistaken for suitable grit.

In 1991, the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting was banned nationwide. The impact of lead on waterfowl was recognized more than a century earlier, but federal efforts to curb the use of lead ammunition for hunting have a long history of opposition.

The potential for lead contamination in donated venison is not unique to New Hampshire. Almost all states have some sort of game meat donation program. Nationwide, hunters donate thousands of pounds of meat to the needy, yet the risk of lead exposure is largely unaddressed. Few states do more than publish best practices for minimizing lead exposure and warnings that pregnant women and small children are most at risk.

According to Martin Feehan at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, “The issue of lead is less of a concern in Massachusetts when it comes to our venison donation program, predominantly because Massachusetts doesn’t have rifle hunting.” Deer hunters in that state either hunt with a bow or use shotguns, which have a slower projectile speed, and thus the bullet, or “slug,” generally stays intact. The majority of deer hunted in Massachusetts are taken by bow hunters, Feehan said.

This author does not recommend bow hunting. While it may eliminate the dangers of lead ammunition, it can mean a long, slow death for the animal. Bow hunters deliberately wait 30 to 60 minutes, and sometimes up to 6 to 12 hours (if the shot was poorly placed), to give the animal time to die.

In states where rifle hunting is allowed, the threat of lead contamination could be eliminated if hunters used non-lead ammunition. Alternatives do exist, including bullets made from copper, and have been shown to be just as effective. (Hunters can learn about these alternatives from organizations such as the North American Non-Lead Partnership.)

New Hampshire Fish and Game could aid the transition to non-lead ammunition by offering hunters incentives to make the switch.

X-raying donated venison to check for lead has been tried in some states, and Minnesota continues the practice. It is an added expense that also highlights the waste that results from hunting with lead ammunition. In the decade before 2021, Minnesota’s lead inspectors rejected 6,700 pounds of deer meat, the equivalent of approximately 168 deer being thrown away.

Another solution to the problems caused by lead ammunition would be not to hunt. Hunting for meat may be better than purchasing the products of industrial animal agriculture, a cruel and environmentally damaging system, but not eating animals at all is even better. It’s possible to get all the nutrition we need without eating meat (a fact easily backed up by Googling “How do vegans get their protein?”).

The protein needs of the NH Food Bank could be met with plant sources, such as beans, chickpeas, nuts, and even the new plant-based meat substitutes. In addition to being healthy and lead free, many plant-based staples can be stored on the shelf almost indefinitely, making them a practical and efficient way to feed the hungry.


What Happened to Gus?

This was Gus. He was our puppy and he died at puppy palace...

Gus the puppy

On July 22, 2023, a woman named Holly B. reviewed The Puppy Palace on Yelp and told the world how Gus, the puppy her family had planned to take home, died at The Puppy Palace.

(Note: Please disregard Yelp’s “Not Recommended” rating for Holly’s review. The site’s automated software likely mistook it for an unhelpful “rant” because it’s long and her only review.) 

A short, sad life

Puppy mills are large-scale breeding operations that put profit before the well being of dogs. The Puppy Palace in Manchester, NH sells dogs from puppy mills located in the Midwest. One of those dogs was Gus.

Bred in Missouri, Gus arrived at The Puppy Palace on May 25, 2023 in poor health and was not seen by a veterinarian for seven days. When finally examined, the veterinary report shows that Gus was riddled with hookworm and Giardia.

Veterinary report for Gus

According to Holly, Gus also had a cough that she noticed days after his arrival.

He was lethargic, his eyes and nose were runny, and he was not gaining weight like a healthy puppy.

Holly goes on to write that the store told her that Gus had some kind of respiratory issue and would be treated with antibiotics.

On June 7, Holly went to see Gus, but he was not on display with the other puppies. According to her review, she was told Gus was heavily sedated due to his antibiotic treatment and was resting in the back.

Gus was found dead the morning of June 8, 2023 when staff opened the store.

March 27, 2024 — Remembering Gus on what would have been his 1st birthday

March 27, 2024 — Remembering Gus on what would have been his 1st birthday

Gus was only one of many sick puppies

Gus is just one of many sick dogs who have passed through The Puppy Palace in Manchester. Below we share accounts of some other sick puppies and their stories.

You can find many more complaints about The Puppy Palace on Yelp and Google reviews.

About Kilo the Puppy

We caught up with this very unhappy customer outside The Puppy Palace on July 29, 2023. His puppy, named Kilo, was extremely sick.

About Chili the Puppy

My son bought his dog there…..$6,000 later! Picked up his Husky on Sunday August 27th….assured he was all healthy and ready to go home. Well on Tuesday (2 days later) he was at the emergency room veterinary hospital with a very sick dog. $$$$. My son WILL be taking legal action. It’s funny how the sales person was checking in to see how the puppy was doing. When my son told him the dog was very sick…. Those texts stopped immediately. I wonder why?! They knowingly sold a sick puppy!

Bought a Sick Pet Store Puppy? What You Can Do

Many people unknowingly buy a sick puppy from a New Hampshire pet store. If this happens to you, there are things you can do to help prevent it from happening to other people and puppies. Contact us if you need help.

1. Contact the Better Business Bureau. You can file a complaint online with the Better Business Bureau. This is an important step because Better Business Bureau reports stay on file and are available for others to read.

2. Contact the New Hampshire attorney general and file a Consumer Complaint. You can file your complaint electronically or by printing and mailing a form.

3. Contact animal control. Animal control in the town/city where the pet store is located may not have jurisdiction over the store, but it’s good to alert them to your situation. Animal control officers are busy people, so be prepared to leave a message.

  • Manchester Animal Control: (603) 792-5461
  • Nashua Animal Control (Bob Langis):
    (603) 594-3500
  • Hudson Animal Control:
    (603) 886-6011 or
    (603) 889-PETS (7387) or
  • Lebanon Police: (603) 448-1212
4. Contact the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and make a complaint. Call (603) 271-3551 (8:00 am–4:00 pm, M-F) or send email to the following three addresses:
  • Dr. Nathan Harvey, Assistant State Veterinarian:
  • Anna Richards, Veterinary Technician:
  • Pet vendor complaints:

5. Contact the media. Local news outlets are always looking for human/animal interest stories. Reach out to New Hampshire newspapers, radio stations, and television channels via “tip lines” or contact an investigative reporter directly. Provide as much documentation as you can (photos, video, receipts). 

  • To Contact WMUR, call (603) 669-9999 or send email to
  • To contact the Union Leader call (603) 668-4321 ext. 757 or email
  • To contact NHPR, call (603) 228-8910 or email

7. File a complaint with the breed club or registry. If your puppy came with breed registration papers, contact the registry. You might also contact the parent breed club for the breed of your dog.

Dairy Is Scary Message at the Howl-O-Ween 5K

On October 21, 2023, the New Hampshire Animal Rights League took part in the Animal Rescue League of NH’s annual Howl-O-Ween 5K, sharing a message of “Dairy Is Scary” and handing out vegan Halloween treats and literature.

Our message was apropos, because the New England Dairy “Mobile Dairy Bar” was also at the event, giving out samples of cow’s milk from their refrigerated van.

It seems we caused a bit of a stir, with a representative from New England Dairy even coming over to our table! The representative told us that they work with only small, local dairy farmers, but we know the same cruel agricultural practices apply on both big and small farms.

Despite her efforts to put dairy in a positive light she could not refute any of the scary dairy facts.

Scary Dairy Facts:

  • Cows need to be pregnant and give birth to produce milk.
  • Taking newborn calves from mothers just hours after birth is standard on dairy farms everywhere, organic or not.
  • Male calves have no use on a dairy farm, so they are chained in crates and sold as veal.

Plant milk saves the day!

Luckily,  there is no shortage of delicious dairy-free products, including ethical and delicious vegan milk chocolate from Trupo Treats, which we handed out at the event.

Our table enjoyed a non-stop stream of visitors, and many signed up for our mailing list. For our canine visitors, we had a selection of vegan dog treats — something to satisfy every pooch’s palate.  

NHARL was the 2nd place fundraiser!

In addition to our table, this year we also registered a NHARL Team to do the 5K and raise money for the Animal Rescue League.

While our captain Liz was a lonely team of one, thanks to your generous donations we earned 2nd place in the list of Top Team Fundraisers, raising $477 for the shelter!

Thank you to those who donated to the NHARL team and to everyone who stopped by our table!

Have a happy and dairy-free Halloween!

Sat, Aug 10, 2024 – Summer Outing

It’s that time of year — time for our annual summer outing! Join us Saturday, August 10, 12:00 to 3:00, on picturesque Four Tree Island in Portsmouth for a vegan cookout.

James and Trevor cook burgers at Summer Outing 2023

Our theme for this year’s event will be the impact of ocean plastic, ghost nets, and other marine debris on aquatic life.

Please sign up in advance, so we can have enough delicious food for everyone!

Food & Drink

The event menu will include burgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, potato salad, chips, and desserts. All vegan, of course! 

We will also have a zero-waste drink station with water, lemonade, and iced tea.

Don’t forget to enjoy the snow cone machine. Great for kids of all ages!

Feel free to bring your own lunch and beverages (no alcohol allowed) if you desire something different.

What to Bring

Bring chairs or a blanket for you and your family. Shade is limited, so hats and sunscreen are recommended.

Island Rules

Please remember that we have only reserved the pavilion area and must respect other guests visiting Four Tree Island. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on Four Tree Island per city ordinance.

This is a free event but donations to NHARL are welcome. The New Hampshire Animal Rights League works for the fair treatment of all animals, in New Hampshire and beyond. We are a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization, working on behalf of animals since 1977.

Sat, Aug 3, 2024 – Monthly Puppy Store Protest

Ever since The Puppy Palace in Manchester, NH opened its doors in May 2023, NHARL has been peacefully protesting the store to warn the public and would-be shoppers about puppy mills and promote “Adopt Don’t Shop.” 

With the colder weather, our once weekly protests are now monthlythe first Saturday of the month from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Signs will be provided.

The larger the crowd, the more attention we can bring to the issue, so join us for whatever portion you can and bring your friends.

Park in the TJ Maxx Plaza on South Willow in Manchester (14 March Ave.) and meet us on the public sidewalk along on South Willow.

After the protest, join us for refreshments at Panera.

Photo Gallery

Ever since The Puppy Palace in Manchester opened its doors, we have been out in force protesting this business and making sure that Gus — a puppy who died at the store — is not forgotten. What happened to Gus?

July 29, 2023 Protest

July 22, 2023 Protest

Photos from July 22 by Michelle Heath Photography.

Petition in Opposition to Selling Puppies in Pet Stores

A significant number of puppies sold at pet stores come from large-scale, commercial breeding facilities where the health and welfare of the animals are not adequately provided for (“puppy mills”). Puppies produced in puppy mills often have health and behavioral issues, which many consumers are unaware of when purchasing these animals due, in part, to misleading sales tactics of pet stores. These health and behavioral issues can impose exorbitant financial and emotional costs on consumers.

Manchester is a city built on the backs of its own citizens. For this reason, practices which aim to take advantage of our citizens or the animals they love have no place in our city.

As such, I oppose allowing the sale of puppies in Manchester, NH pet stores.

Petition in Opposition to Selling Puppies in Pet Stores

A significant number of puppies sold at pet stores come from large-scale, commercial breeding facilities where the health and welfare of the animals are not adequately provided for (“puppy mills”). Puppies produced in puppy mills often have health and behavioral issues, which many consumers are unaware of when purchasing these animals due, in part, to misleading sales tactics of pet stores. These health and behavioral issues can impose exorbitant financial and emotional costs on consumers.

Manchester is a city built on the backs of its own citizens. For this reason, practices which aim to take advantage of our citizens or the animals they love have no place in our city.

As such, I oppose allowing the sale of puppies in Manchester, NH pet stores.

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Sat, Jul 20, 2024 – Monthly Vegan Meetup

NH Animal Rights League organizes vegan potlucks and meetups at homes, meeting spaces, and vegan-friendly restaurants. These informal gatherings give us a chance to share good food, socialize, exchange ideas for how to help animals, and even take some immediate actions as a group.

Next Meetup

Join us Sat., July 20 at 12:30 pm for vegan comfort food at The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth (113 Congress Street) following our Rally for Pigeons!

While The Friendly Toast shamelessly serves all sorts of animal parts, they also offer more vegan options than most eateries, including:

  • Vegan Breakfast Burrito
  • Beyond Meat Burger
  • Vegan Scramble
  • Vegan Pancakes (including on kids’ menu)
  • Vegan Sausage

Breakfast is served all day.

This is a pay-for-your-own-meal event.

We’ll be making a reservation in advance, so it would be great to know by ThursdayJuly 18 if you hope to join us. (Click button or send email to We don’t need an exact count, just an estimate.

Join our mailing list if you want to receive notices about these events.

If you’d like to host a future potluck, send email to Thanks!