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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Mar 29, 2015 Paula Curl
Mar 29, 2015 Judith Platz
Mar 29, 2015 Dana Wong
Mar 28, 2015 Brittney Craig
Mar 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 June Ginger
Mar 27, 2015 Reba Smith
Mar 27, 2015 Henriette Just Nielsen
Mar 26, 2015 teresa sorribas
Mar 26, 2015 a metcalf
Mar 26, 2015 Maria Jazic
Mar 26, 2015 Manuela Seiler
Mar 26, 2015 Iris Mueller
Mar 26, 2015 Jeannette Austin
Mar 26, 2015 Julie Benger
Mar 25, 2015 Pia Ulrike Lödige
Mar 25, 2015 Bambi Magie
Mar 25, 2015 Jose Cunha
Mar 25, 2015 Ronnie Gersten
Mar 25, 2015 cindy ludewig
Mar 25, 2015 Jeremy Ezerzer
Mar 25, 2015 Heather Weitz
Mar 25, 2015 Shannon Holmes
Mar 25, 2015 SUSAN EWING
Mar 25, 2015 Gabriele Seitz
Mar 25, 2015 debbie meadows
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2015 Sylvia Bowman
Mar 23, 2015 Denine Dunston
Mar 23, 2015 valerie pelletier
Mar 22, 2015 Mona-Liesa Wessel
Mar 22, 2015 Laurry Michlin
Mar 22, 2015 nayana yashwari
Mar 22, 2015 eileen perahia
Mar 22, 2015 Jerry Halimi
Mar 22, 2015 Marie Keough
Mar 22, 2015 James Miller
Mar 21, 2015 Patricia Chestnut
Mar 21, 2015 Tricia Willett
Mar 21, 2015 Christine Miller Please do NOT lift the ban on the sale of small turtles, for the sake of both children and turtles. Thank you.
Mar 21, 2015 Linda White
Mar 21, 2015 Renae Gilbert
Mar 20, 2015 Wendy Tsaninos
Mar 20, 2015 Carla Presnell
Mar 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2015 Sharon Saunders
Mar 20, 2015 Gisela Gama
Mar 20, 2015 Lisa Haut
Mar 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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