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Final signature count: 15,636
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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.

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

Mar 28, 2017 Janice Bernard
Mar 28, 2017 Nancy Warner
Mar 28, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Mar 28, 2017 sandra Berding
Mar 28, 2017 Rosina Cespedes
Mar 28, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Mar 27, 2017 Dana Albanese
Mar 27, 2017 Isabel Owen
Mar 26, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Mar 26, 2017 Dean OBrien
Mar 26, 2017 Martin Henz
Mar 25, 2017 Lydia Johns
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
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Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 23, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Mar 23, 2017 jude lotz
Mar 23, 2017 Karen Drum
Mar 23, 2017 Lubna Saied Disgraceful.
Mar 23, 2017 Michelle Cavey
Mar 23, 2017 Linda Brown
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 23, 2017 Michael Mueller
Mar 23, 2017 chris woltjen
Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 21, 2017 Laura Altman
Mar 21, 2017 Leilani Swafford
Mar 20, 2017 Hannah Wei
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Susan Dunaway
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 18, 2017 Stephanie Branom
Mar 17, 2017 angie moredock
Mar 17, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 Rebecca Wright-Hyde
Mar 16, 2017 Susan Benavidez
Mar 16, 2017 Victoria Hall
Mar 16, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Mar 15, 2017 Chay Krasner
Mar 15, 2017 Kristen Witt
Mar 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2017 jewell batway
Mar 15, 2017 Harold Bruce
Mar 15, 2017 Deborah Summerville
Mar 15, 2017 Kayann Ramos
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