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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

Aug 27, 2016 Linda Cummings
Aug 26, 2016 heather allen
Aug 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2016 Leanee Pohl
Aug 25, 2016 susan lim
Aug 24, 2016 Cathy Sikes
Aug 24, 2016 r vanstrien
Aug 24, 2016 Hank Drozdik
Aug 24, 2016 Linda Treuhaft Wildlife has no business being pets for children or anyone else!
Aug 23, 2016 Ad Lenders
Aug 23, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 22, 2016 Rachel Rakaczky
Aug 20, 2016 Juanice Burroughs
Aug 20, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 Christine Eustaquio Nov to all forms of animal cruelty!!!
Aug 19, 2016 Hazel Kuffer
Aug 19, 2016 SARAH AMARAL
Aug 19, 2016 Holly Dixon
Aug 19, 2016 cindy stein
Aug 19, 2016 Terry Smith
Aug 19, 2016 mike lyons
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 18, 2016 Pamela Lebowitz
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan
Aug 17, 2016 Colleen McGovern
Aug 16, 2016 Jennifer Shifflett
Aug 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2016 Jayne Robins
Aug 16, 2016 carl romanik dispicable
Aug 15, 2016 Kimberly Mills
Aug 15, 2016 Amanda Bridgeman
Aug 15, 2016 Erin Johnson
Aug 15, 2016 JIMMY Rivera
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Aug 13, 2016 Kristy Laino
Aug 13, 2016 josilda dantas
Aug 13, 2016 Lynette Schultz
Aug 12, 2016 Kay Birkinshaw
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2016 April Reyes
Aug 11, 2016 Jean Kim
Aug 10, 2016 Jole Lheureux
Aug 10, 2016 sarah makins
Aug 10, 2016 Christine Higgins
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Aug 10, 2016 sarah hogan
Aug 10, 2016 brian girard
Aug 10, 2016 Marchia Stewart
Aug 10, 2016 donna espo
Aug 10, 2016 jennifer palladino

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