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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


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Jul 29, 2016 Leilani Palmer
Jul 28, 2016 pat delapena
Jul 27, 2016 LESLIE SINGLETON
Jul 26, 2016 Jodi Igard
Jul 25, 2016 Anneline Bacon
Jul 25, 2016 mario forchelli
Jul 25, 2016 Dale Sloat
Jul 25, 2016 Jan Sloat
Jul 25, 2016 Glenda Staats
Jul 25, 2016 Shannon Moreton
Jul 25, 2016 irene riviere
Jul 24, 2016 Andrew Sulay
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 Diane Kavanagh
Jul 22, 2016 natalie collins
Jul 22, 2016 Meagen Jensen
Jul 22, 2016 Kaarina Moilanen
Jul 22, 2016 Deirdre Newsom
Jul 22, 2016 Nyisha S. Turner STOP SELLING THESE PRECIOUS CREATURES, THEIR LIVES MATTER!!! SPEAK UP AND PROTECT THEM NOW!!!!
Jul 22, 2016 Glory Urbina
Jul 20, 2016 Jacob Spillman
Jul 20, 2016 Mary DANDREA
Jul 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2016 Cynthia Feezell
Jul 18, 2016 Patricia Morgan
Jul 18, 2016 Patricia Williams
Jul 17, 2016 Carole Kubik
Jul 16, 2016 Donna Williams
Jul 15, 2016 Rosa Corgatelli
Jul 14, 2016 Ken stein
Jul 14, 2016 Marga Star Support the Small Turtle Sale Ban.
Jul 14, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor
Jul 14, 2016 Christie Mello
Jul 14, 2016 Lisa Henry
Jul 13, 2016 jen pinkston
Jul 13, 2016 Michelle Fortener
Jul 12, 2016 Anastasia Dunn
Jul 10, 2016 Flo Aiken
Jul 10, 2016 Ranee Kohner
Jul 10, 2016 Amedeo Scircoli
Jul 9, 2016 Brenda Hammond
Jul 9, 2016 Trent Schlenker
Jul 9, 2016 LINDA PHILLIPS
Jul 9, 2016 Shelley Dorgan
Jul 9, 2016 Jane White
Jul 8, 2016 Juls Robertson
Jul 8, 2016 Linda Beus
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2016 Maureen Ebner

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