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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

Dec 2, 2016 Elisabet Riya
Dec 2, 2016 Elaine Parker
Dec 2, 2016 Tara Souther
Dec 2, 2016 Barb Kuntz
Nov 30, 2016 Sandra Howell
Nov 29, 2016 Marley mcdermott
Nov 28, 2016 Mariann Adcock
Nov 26, 2016 Carol Ahrabian
Nov 26, 2016 Svetlana Klimova
Nov 25, 2016 Elena Gonzalez
Nov 25, 2016 Monika Jerigová
Nov 25, 2016 Libby berman
Nov 24, 2016 Marie Armandy
Nov 21, 2016 sandra baptistela
Nov 21, 2016 Sally Hughes
Nov 21, 2016 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Nov 21, 2016 Emily Willis
Nov 20, 2016 Meg Blanchard
Nov 20, 2016 Daphne Murray
Nov 20, 2016 Brian Tercha
Nov 20, 2016 Georgi Mortensen
Nov 19, 2016 Mary Caputi
Nov 18, 2016 Martine Smet
Nov 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2016 Karin Zimmermann
Nov 17, 2016 carleen savarino
Nov 17, 2016 Jesina Smith
Nov 17, 2016 k zoll
Nov 17, 2016 Claudia Maas
Nov 16, 2016 Gerlinde Holzer
Nov 16, 2016 athina peter
Nov 16, 2016 Angela Kohnke
Nov 15, 2016 Marsha Croner
Nov 15, 2016 Mir Otten
Nov 15, 2016 Fournier Fernande Wir haben die Pflicht die Tiere und die Natur zu respektieren und zu beschützen. Nehmen Sie Ihre Verantwortung, bitte. Merci.
Nov 15, 2016 Rita Staempfli
Nov 15, 2016 ina kornblum
Nov 15, 2016 angelika wegner
Nov 15, 2016 Djamila Grouci
Nov 15, 2016 Mariana Lukacova
Nov 15, 2016 Petra Stadtmueller
Nov 15, 2016 Andreas Thiel
Nov 15, 2016 paula martins
Nov 15, 2016 Karina Utech
Nov 15, 2016 Ed Heesbeen
Nov 15, 2016 Siegrid Roedel PLEASE SAVE AND HELP NOW
Nov 15, 2016 Bartha Sjoerdsma
Nov 15, 2016 Silvia Steinbrecher

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