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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

Aug 30, 2014 Geraldine Smart
Aug 30, 2014 Kelly Bennett
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Lorna Davies
Aug 29, 2014 Carolyn Ricketts
Aug 29, 2014 Linda Cameron
Aug 29, 2014 rick fiorio
Aug 29, 2014 Laurel Burns
Aug 29, 2014 Shannon Sicocan
Aug 29, 2014 Emma Spires
Aug 29, 2014 Ida Fedik
Aug 29, 2014 Andres Luengo
Aug 29, 2014 Sharon Gillespie
Aug 29, 2014 Ajay Welinkar
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Beth Jones, expat from Iowa Gimme a break -- NOBODY should be making their "livelihood" from selling living beings! SHAME on these opportunistic IDIOTS in LA (where else but the South are animals treated with such ignorant disrespect.) Keep the Turtle Ban In Place!
Aug 29, 2014 Michael Balitsaris-Fortier
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Sandy Mattingly
Aug 28, 2014 Erin Owens
Aug 28, 2014 Katie Simpson
Aug 28, 2014 Rosemarie Myers
Aug 28, 2014 Lloyd Johnson
Aug 26, 2014 ruchi sharma
Aug 26, 2014 Sarah Wicks
Aug 25, 2014 Jessica Lynn Hepner
Aug 25, 2014 Jennifer Haney
Aug 25, 2014 addison justin
Aug 25, 2014 pam forrester
Aug 25, 2014 Jennette Eaton
Aug 25, 2014 Chris Henderson
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez Casal
Aug 24, 2014 Alyssa Hill
Aug 23, 2014 claire owczarkowski
Aug 23, 2014 Mary piazza williams Strongly opposing the sale of Small Turtles! Please Stop!!!
Aug 23, 2014 Frederick McMullen
Aug 22, 2014 Virginia Sui
Aug 22, 2014 Synthia Smith
Aug 21, 2014 Nikki Stoltenberg
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Karen Silva
Aug 21, 2014 Josilene Queiroz do Nascimento Jôsi Nascimento
Aug 21, 2014 Nicole Veracruz
Aug 20, 2014 Holly Kasten
Aug 20, 2014 Sonia Frontera
Aug 20, 2014 Evi Meuris
Aug 20, 2014 Jeffrey Bains
Aug 20, 2014 Jamie Patricia Misch Please,we need to protect these animals and stop causing harm to them because of our selfish needs and wants. Thank you
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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