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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


Jun 30, 2016 mary e hunt
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Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 25, 2016 Jennifer Hilsden
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Jun 22, 2016 Jennifer Orem
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Jun 20, 2016 Teresa Tyler
Jun 20, 2016 Irene & Bill Mauer
Jun 19, 2016 Emmanuelle Lassalle
Jun 19, 2016 SANDRA VITO
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 18, 2016 Kenneth Rinard
Jun 18, 2016 Margaret Ellis
Jun 18, 2016 Katarina Lang
Jun 17, 2016 Maria Kanuk
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
Jun 16, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 16, 2016 Patrice GARCIA
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Jun 15, 2016 Marisol Ackerman
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Jun 14, 2016 Aura Mix
Jun 13, 2016 LOIS HAMILTON
Jun 13, 2016 Marie Berger
Jun 12, 2016 Beth Nordmeyer
Jun 10, 2016 karen Hurst
Jun 8, 2016 MARCIA KARUBA
Jun 8, 2016 V. FRICK
Jun 7, 2016 Esther Clayson
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