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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 4, 2015 L. Cadena
Sep 3, 2015 Gary Clontz
Sep 2, 2015 sylvie béclard
Sep 1, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Sep 1, 2015 chris landman
Aug 31, 2015 Rose Thompson
Aug 31, 2015 ARZU ERDOGAN
Aug 30, 2015 Ellen Gurtner
Aug 30, 2015 frances lightfine
Aug 29, 2015 Tomasz Mroziński
Aug 29, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra
Aug 29, 2015 Kalinke ten Hulzen
Aug 29, 2015 Edurne Gonzalez
Aug 29, 2015 Leslie Wingerath
Aug 28, 2015 Stephen Eichelberger
Aug 28, 2015 John Petteford
Aug 28, 2015 lizzie lemoine
Aug 27, 2015 Barbara Mcnulty
Aug 26, 2015 Marsha McIntire
Aug 26, 2015 Angels Puig
Aug 25, 2015 aletha stuart These sales are uneccesary and dangerous.
Aug 25, 2015 carolyn Bryant
Aug 25, 2015 daniela e
Aug 25, 2015 Rayleen Nunez
Aug 25, 2015 Debbie Harding
Aug 25, 2015 Leisa Baumann
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani
Aug 24, 2015 Celina Silva
Aug 24, 2015 Clifford J. and Christine E. Schmutz
Aug 23, 2015 giovanna Ramírez
Aug 22, 2015 Sharon Toscano
Aug 20, 2015 april raney
Aug 20, 2015 christiane bade
Aug 19, 2015 Krissy Kubacki
Aug 19, 2015 Lynnette Angell
Aug 19, 2015 al sellers
Aug 19, 2015 Leanne Cracknell
Aug 19, 2015 Kim DelMonico
Aug 19, 2015 Regina Alesso
Aug 19, 2015 Kimberly Wright
Aug 19, 2015 Rebecca Fost I'll never purchase fur, feathers, or leather again. I will only ever adopt/rescue, I encourage my friends and family to do the same. I protest animal use/abuse.. and I will always be 100% vegan for the animals. Veganism is the only sustainable answer!
Aug 19, 2015 Eddie Lisuzzo
Aug 19, 2015 KATHY clark
Aug 18, 2015 Mari Oki
Aug 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2015 Olivera Milenkovic
Aug 17, 2015 Emily Ferguson
Aug 17, 2015 Deborah Summerville
Aug 17, 2015 Isabel Cervera
Aug 16, 2015 daniele rispal

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