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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


Feb 28, 2015 nadine hanssens
Feb 27, 2015 Małgorzata Wiśniewska
Feb 27, 2015 Barbara Garris
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2015 susan lester this is cruel and it needs to stop now
Feb 25, 2015 India Pugel
Feb 25, 2015 Heather Voss
Feb 25, 2015 katusha cornejo
Feb 25, 2015 Mary Lynn Salvucci
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Karen Payne
Feb 25, 2015 Alexis Beasley
Feb 24, 2015 Tracy Lambert
Feb 24, 2015 Donna Resek
Feb 23, 2015 Joanne Thompson
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 Pauline Scott
Feb 23, 2015 Yael Shimshin
Feb 22, 2015 Beatrix Janek-Oefelein
Feb 22, 2015 Irene Pike
Feb 22, 2015 Piper Burch
Feb 22, 2015 Charles Savoie
Feb 22, 2015 dale riehart
Feb 22, 2015 Regina Boots
Feb 22, 2015 Lisa Delabre
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Louisa Leopard
Feb 21, 2015 Suzanne House
Feb 21, 2015 John LaFrance
Feb 21, 2015 Glenys Rawdon
Feb 20, 2015 Hanna Malysheva
Feb 20, 2015 Veronica Malysheva
Feb 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2015 Michele Villeneuve
Feb 20, 2015 Pamela Unger
Feb 20, 2015 Sharon Harris
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 Fara Grenn
Feb 19, 2015 CLAIR BENGER
Feb 18, 2015 Karen Burris
Feb 18, 2015 Svetlana Lukianenko
Feb 17, 2015 KAREN DICKSON
Feb 17, 2015 Camille Jones
Feb 17, 2015 Dorothy Henry
Feb 17, 2015 Roseline Nizzoli
Feb 17, 2015 ROSSANA MIANULLI
Feb 16, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Feb 16, 2015 Craig Ambrose
Feb 16, 2015 Marie Barclay

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