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Small turtles, though cute and seemingly harmless, are silent carriers of the dangerous bacteria salmonella. Parents often mistake these adorable creatures as suitable domesticated pets, since they're ostensibly so benign. However, bringing a small turtle into a home with children can pose significant health implications.

The FDA placed a ban on small turtle sales for this reason back in the 1970s, but a group of farmers from Louisiana is now suing the FDA and claiming the ban is negatively affecting their livelihood. But the fact is, there is simply no good that comes out of the sale of these animals. Aside from the salmonella issue, the turtles usually don't do well in captive environments.

We need to stand up for the safety of our children and the turtles and continue to support the ban. Sign the petition asking FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to confirm the legitimacy of the ban of small turtle sales.

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Dear Commissioner Hamburg,

As the Commissioner of Food and Drugs here in America, you are probably aware of the health risks associated with small turtles. Though they look harmless, small turtles carry salmonella, and they often transmit the bacteria to children.

The sale of small turtles was banned in 1975 because of the danger salmonella poses to young kids. Because salmonella can be particularly severe when contracted by children, allowing the sale of these turtles to resume would no doubt yield many more cases of juvenile salmonella.

A captive life is also not ideal for a small turtle, who can grow to over a foot long upon adulthood. As a turtle matures, it becomes much more aggressive than it is as a young animal.

I am writing to ask that you oppose lifting the turtle sale ban both for the health of our children as well as for the best interest of the turtles.


Petition Signatures

Sep 23, 2014 fCynthia Mahlin
Sep 23, 2014 Annie Smit
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Kat Ridenour
Sep 22, 2014 chris jensrud
Sep 22, 2014 Jessica Escue
Sep 22, 2014 Christine Rose No one needs these small turtles as pets. The cause disease and die in captivity.
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Patricia Rowell
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Larry Branson
Sep 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Sep 22, 2014 Jessie Bowen
Sep 22, 2014 katharine odell
Sep 22, 2014 JUNE CAMPBELL
Sep 22, 2014 Valeria Otazu
Sep 20, 2014 L Harding
Sep 19, 2014 Tracy Shirley
Sep 19, 2014 karen watton
Sep 19, 2014 Marcia Mery
Sep 19, 2014 Norma Wheeler
Sep 19, 2014 Roswitha Hanowski
Sep 19, 2014 Lisa Nicholles
Sep 18, 2014 Barbara Chisholm
Sep 18, 2014 Diane Blichasz
Sep 18, 2014 Josue Gomez
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 L. Shimabukuro
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 Chari Birnholz
Sep 17, 2014 Misty Richardson
Sep 17, 2014 Ursela Rabe
Sep 17, 2014 Pam Weeks
Sep 17, 2014 judy astarita
Sep 17, 2014 Danielle Montello
Sep 17, 2014 gina rueck
Sep 17, 2014 Tim Zemba
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Pat A.
Sep 15, 2014 renee miglionico
Sep 15, 2014 judith rendall
Sep 15, 2014 shana smith
Sep 14, 2014 Judy Moran
Sep 14, 2014 Denise Payne
Sep 14, 2014 Birgit Bächle
Sep 13, 2014 florinda stroe
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 Gary Gerard
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