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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


Dec 18, 2014 Daryl Enzenauer
Dec 18, 2014 Babette Bruton
Dec 17, 2014 Cheryl Hanks-Hicks
Dec 17, 2014 Lucy Naescher
Dec 17, 2014 LISA TRENDALL
Dec 17, 2014 Vilma Cardoso
Dec 17, 2014 james koenig
Dec 17, 2014 Cassondra Macaulay
Dec 17, 2014 Erin Kennedy
Dec 17, 2014 Charlotte Johansen
Dec 17, 2014 Sheryl Greenhouse
Dec 17, 2014 Dana Miranda
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Dec 17, 2014 jeff boden
Dec 17, 2014 Kees Albers
Dec 17, 2014 Marilyn Martin
Dec 16, 2014 Theresa Leon-Espinoza
Dec 16, 2014 Carolyn Suchenicz
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 14, 2014 Kimberly allen
Dec 14, 2014 frebet franca
Dec 13, 2014 Kimberly Kincaid
Dec 12, 2014 Renee Burkhead
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Dec 11, 2014 Nicoletta Spedalieri
Dec 10, 2014 Anne Sims
Dec 10, 2014 Elissa Fineman
Dec 10, 2014 Elisabetta Argenta
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Dec 10, 2014 Dru Ann Delgado
Dec 10, 2014 Rosa Arsiaga
Dec 10, 2014 Amy Barsekian
Dec 10, 2014 Carolina Luzardo
Dec 10, 2014 jeanine mielke
Dec 10, 2014 isabela calin
Dec 10, 2014 Teri Barribeau
Dec 10, 2014 Isabelle MOREAU
Dec 9, 2014 Debbie Lapierre
Dec 9, 2014 meg chambers
Dec 9, 2014 Alfiya Topchiy
Dec 8, 2014 Lisa Davis
Dec 8, 2014 Susan Nieto
Dec 8, 2014 Karin Wagner
Dec 7, 2014 Bogusia Drozdowska EVERYONE MUST HELP!
Dec 6, 2014 kristy highley
Dec 5, 2014 Elaine Becker
Dec 5, 2014 Susan Curry
Dec 4, 2014 vivek singh
Dec 4, 2014 Madeleine Larsson
Dec 4, 2014 Anita Venturi

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