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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

Sep 24, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Sep 23, 2016 Lydia Luna
Sep 23, 2016 zana midmore
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Linda DeWitt
Sep 23, 2016 Christine Obrien
Sep 22, 2016 Kim Smith
Sep 21, 2016 Penny Mackenzie
Sep 20, 2016 Terry Forrest A captive existence is not in the interest of anyone
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 Joan Yanicke
Sep 18, 2016 Sandra Lubrano
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 Jan Repp
Sep 17, 2016 Heather Addison
Sep 17, 2016 Juan Niño
Sep 16, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 16, 2016 Heather Corry
Sep 16, 2016 Melissa Randall
Sep 16, 2016 John Mercer
Sep 15, 2016 Ruth Cwirenbaum
Sep 13, 2016 Deneen Richards
Sep 12, 2016 Myrna Alvarado
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 12, 2016 Diana Tracy
Sep 11, 2016 Tadzio Kowalczyk
Sep 10, 2016 Linda Lemke
Sep 10, 2016 Marina Drake
Sep 10, 2016 Walter Buhner
Sep 9, 2016 Raven Vergara
Sep 9, 2016 maggie dunn
Sep 8, 2016 Pam Clayton
Sep 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2016 Luciana Parazzi
Sep 7, 2016 Nancy Daniel
Sep 7, 2016 Lisa Scharin Some animals should NOT be pets-retiles are some of those animals. PLEASE HELP END the sale of turtles and other reptiles-snakes, lizards, etc! Thank-you!
Sep 7, 2016 Laura Harris
Sep 7, 2016 Andrea Nunley
Sep 7, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Sep 7, 2016 Albert D'Alessandro
Sep 7, 2016 Melvin Michael
Sep 7, 2016 (Name not displayed) Say No To Salmonella And Support The Small Turtle Sale Ban!
Sep 7, 2016 Cecilia Barea
Sep 7, 2016 David Andrews Please
Sep 5, 2016 Teresa Searles
Sep 5, 2016 Livelovelifeeleni Positivity&Motivation CHEERS TO CHANGE AND KINDNESS! LETSFIND MORE ETHICAL PRACTICES AND KEEP ALL SPECIES SAFE AND CARE FOR THEM!<33 dont sell turles anymore itll help us and them!
Sep 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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