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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

Apr 28, 2016 Leslie Ann Rodarte
Apr 28, 2016 Valeria Santos
Apr 28, 2016 Kathy Wallace
Apr 28, 2016 Carmen Stigen
Apr 27, 2016 William Weaver
Apr 27, 2016 Bonnie Farmer
Apr 27, 2016 Helen B Decker Ban small turtle sales to protect families and turtles alike.
Apr 26, 2016 JoAnne Worthingtion
Apr 26, 2016 Clyde Groves
Apr 25, 2016 Tanya Wenrich
Apr 24, 2016 Monika Pellegrini
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 22, 2016 Denise Moore People are not responsible enough to allow children around these types of pets. Plus this shouldn't be allowed because a turtle roams and should not be caged
Apr 22, 2016 Jodie Crisci
Apr 21, 2016 Katie Hitchcock
Apr 21, 2016 Susan Brittain
Apr 21, 2016 Claudio Bucci
Apr 21, 2016 Tracy Kearnes
Apr 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2016 Elaine Fischer Save the baby turtles AND little kids!
Apr 17, 2016 Kate Lecours
Apr 17, 2016 Roshni Ajodhia
Apr 16, 2016 Carla Torti
Apr 14, 2016 ayako makishita
Apr 14, 2016 Debbie Horn
Apr 14, 2016 Marion Kraus
Apr 13, 2016 Sharon Mowery
Apr 12, 2016 fabiana rocchetta
Apr 12, 2016 rebekah salandra
Apr 12, 2016 Phillippa Hilsden
Apr 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2016 Winnie Soukup
Apr 11, 2016 Theresa Miller
Apr 11, 2016 Kimberly Gibson
Apr 11, 2016 inger knudson
Apr 11, 2016 Kelley Beyer
Apr 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2016 Kristin Cucolo
Apr 9, 2016 Carroll Towner
Apr 8, 2016 JoJo Brownlee
Apr 7, 2016 ernesto meloni
Apr 6, 2016 Corie Walters
Apr 6, 2016 Zephanie Locker-Lampson
Apr 6, 2016 Sandy Hardwick
Apr 6, 2016 Lea Faulks
Apr 6, 2016 David Lund
Apr 6, 2016 Martine Macmillan
Apr 5, 2016 karen wible
Apr 5, 2016 Jacquelyn Chung
Apr 4, 2016 patti barto

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