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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

May 27, 2015 Amanda Lambert
May 27, 2015 luigi bertoldo
May 27, 2015 linda may
May 27, 2015 Kelly Kirwin
May 27, 2015 Alisa Ostwalt
May 27, 2015 Stefanie Golden
May 25, 2015 Marty Mathieson
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Marci Turner
May 24, 2015 nancy monaghan
May 23, 2015 Vasilios Tsoukis
May 23, 2015 Cynthia Sherman-Jones
May 23, 2015 simon davies
May 23, 2015 Maria Potamousis
May 22, 2015 Diane van Weelie
May 22, 2015 Jacqueline Wallace
May 22, 2015 Mary Wheeler
May 22, 2015 Mary Beth Naughton
May 22, 2015 joan milford You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. --Jane Goodall
May 22, 2015 Diane Williford
May 21, 2015 Eleanor Hiteshew These animals belong in the wild, period.
May 21, 2015 catherine kokkinakis
May 20, 2015 Kathleen Kelly
May 20, 2015 Sheryl Smith
May 19, 2015 fabs nacka
May 19, 2015 David Sickles
May 18, 2015 April Biggs
May 18, 2015 Lucas de Arruda
May 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2015 hanna poulsen
May 17, 2015 Andreas Papapanagiotou
May 15, 2015 Julie English
May 14, 2015 venkatesh kannan
May 14, 2015 L Ryan
May 14, 2015 Brianna Quick
May 14, 2015 KEY KLAUS
May 14, 2015 dylen sklar
May 13, 2015 Melissa Pate
May 13, 2015 Erica Koconis
May 13, 2015 Suzy Joachim
May 12, 2015 Hattie Avis M. Stewart
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May 12, 2015 kathryn jaramillo
May 11, 2015 Mette Frydenberg
May 11, 2015 Dana Radell
May 11, 2015 Valerie Quercia
May 10, 2015 Vivian Bartlett
May 9, 2015 Tiffany Rhodes
May 9, 2015 Cher Thewlis

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