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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 25, 2017 Sudeshna Ghosh
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 m coker
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 dennis racey
Feb 23, 2017 MARTHA RODRIGUEZ
Feb 23, 2017 myra berario
Feb 23, 2017 Marian Petrovich
Feb 23, 2017 DeLisa Fields
Feb 23, 2017 Alson Sachs
Feb 23, 2017 Erika Fromme
Feb 23, 2017 Lorraine Corso
Feb 23, 2017 Diane M McCoy
Feb 23, 2017 Mel Henshaw
Feb 23, 2017 Pamela Miguez
Feb 22, 2017 Frank Florio
Feb 22, 2017 danuta radko
Feb 21, 2017 Kelly Bonin
Feb 21, 2017 Lorrie Koenings
Feb 21, 2017 Shannon Flannery
Feb 21, 2017 Kat Pierquet
Feb 21, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 21, 2017 jennifer pies
Feb 21, 2017 Kris Michael
Feb 20, 2017 Lygea San Pedro
Feb 20, 2017 Molly Stringham
Feb 19, 2017 cheryl metzger
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Eva Duda-Blaj
Feb 19, 2017 Noreen Newmark
Feb 19, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Feb 18, 2017 carol carlson
Feb 17, 2017 Carol. Brandt Unhealthy, and yet another facet of senseless cruelty.
Feb 16, 2017 MICHAEL Sonlight
Feb 16, 2017 Barb Rysdale
Feb 16, 2017 Nina Domergue
Feb 15, 2017 melissa suarez
Feb 15, 2017 Lynn Kahl
Feb 15, 2017 Jean McClenathen
Feb 15, 2017 Kim Warmington
Feb 15, 2017 Kat DeBlois
Feb 15, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri 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. A captive life is also not ideal for a small turtle, who can grow to over a foot long upon adulthood.
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2017 Carol McMahon
Feb 14, 2017 leigh barry
Feb 14, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Feb 14, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 13, 2017 José Leroux
Feb 12, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Feb 12, 2017 amelia vitale

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