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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


Jan 20, 2017 Mikayla Burger
Jan 19, 2017 Minerva Krueger
Jan 18, 2017 Barbara Sessions
Jan 18, 2017 ANNICK DUPRIEZ
Jan 18, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 18, 2017 Sharmini Sewpersad
Jan 17, 2017 LILIANNE ROBERT
Jan 17, 2017 April Brown
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2017 Diana Charlton
Jan 16, 2017 Mindie Sivey
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 John Berkland
Jan 16, 2017 Kathleen Tennyson
Jan 14, 2017 gina milite
Jan 14, 2017 Amy Sharpe
Jan 13, 2017 Debi Combs
Jan 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2017 Cindy Camacho
Jan 11, 2017 Bronwyn Daniels
Jan 11, 2017 Sarah R Burns
Jan 11, 2017 Carol Polak
Jan 11, 2017 Linda Smyth
Jan 7, 2017 Betina Leme
Jan 7, 2017 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Jan 6, 2017 Jacqueline White
Jan 6, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Jan 6, 2017 Olga Faletova
Jan 5, 2017 Debz Jones
Jan 5, 2017 ibrahim rexhepi
Jan 5, 2017 Lisa Hamilton
Jan 4, 2017 Thomas David
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Karen Van Tuyle
Jan 3, 2017 Donna Darnell
Jan 3, 2017 Joei Fische
Jan 3, 2017 Karen Presson
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Jan 3, 2017 GIUSEPPINA BERTANI
Jan 3, 2017 Nancy Fleming
Jan 2, 2017 Heather .E. German
Dec 31, 2016 Stacey lopez
Dec 30, 2016 Paula Mattila
Dec 30, 2016 Rita R. Shaffer
Dec 28, 2016 Ana Acosta
Dec 28, 2016 Joyce Dietrich
Dec 28, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Dec 28, 2016 Irene Schrobenhauser
Dec 28, 2016 Sara Luppi

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