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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

Jul 30, 2014 Evette Garcia
Jul 30, 2014 Penny Sympson
Jul 30, 2014 Sherri Simms
Jul 30, 2014 Deborah Clarke
Jul 29, 2014 Gena Anderson
Jul 29, 2014 Joseph Wenzel
Jul 29, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuran Godse).
Jul 29, 2014 angela kent
Jul 27, 2014 Jocelyne FAROUAULT
Jul 27, 2014 Emily Moreno
Jul 27, 2014 Lavenna White
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 26, 2014 Juliana Salvetti
Jul 26, 2014 Victoria Eberwein
Jul 26, 2014 Kelli Reynolds
Jul 26, 2014 luis silveira
Jul 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Leslie Asher
Jul 25, 2014 kris gata
Jul 25, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Jul 25, 2014 Tracy Springs
Jul 25, 2014 jessica trepanier
Jul 25, 2014 Lisa Welchel
Jul 25, 2014 Iris Smith
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 bethany bradshaw
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Holly Martinell, R.N.
Jul 24, 2014 carissa manzo
Jul 24, 2014 louise birkett
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Wood
Jul 24, 2014 Thomas Spry
Jul 23, 2014 rob Jansen
Jul 22, 2014 Marco Simioni
Jul 22, 2014 Simona Bergman
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Susan Enzinna
Jul 21, 2014 Martha Powell
Jul 21, 2014 Fernanda haberman
Jul 21, 2014 Ursula Konetschke-Akin
Jul 21, 2014 Heather Schrock
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Elizabeth Quackenbush
Jul 20, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 20, 2014 carole robert
Jul 19, 2014 michele king

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