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Posted by arpk on March 12, 2003 at 12:43:13:
In Reply to: the law that would still concern the sale of baby turtles... posted by mchambers on March 11, 2003 at 13:40:42:
The interesting thing about Salmonella is that it is a naturally occurring ubiquitous bacteria that is found in warm blooded and cold blooded animals. Would someone be successful in suing a supermarket for eating a chicken that was contaminated with Salmonella? The only people that get sick from Salmonella are those with compromised immune systems (AIDS), infant children with underdeveloped immune systems, and others with unfortunate problems. I've been handling turtles, etc. all my life and have never gotten sick.
This Pet Store you speak of must have gotten a real idiot of an Attorney. Anybody with half a brain can do the same research I've done.
We're still in a let's be "politically correct" mode and try to accomodate every Tom, Dick, and Harry on this Planet.
People carry Samonella (35%) and nobody even talks about it!!
:So I'm reading here where on a salmonella free under 4 inch turtle that the ban should be lifted. OR that the ban should be lifted on the sales of under 4 inch turtles period. Well let's go to a scenario that happened just recently in a large city with a pet store. It seeems that they ( pet store ) sold a snake to a person that came down with salmonella. There was a law suit following in which the pet store spent a lot of monies to fight. Some of the arguements on the pet stores side was that they had the proper handling of reptiles posted in the store and mostly around the reptile department. This also explained the risk of salmonella. This didn't do any good. I'n a un-specify amount, the pet store settled out of court to save the pet stores name from being blasted in the very large cities newspaper. ( the rumor is a $75,000 settlement was made ). Now even with a ban lifted and or a slamonella free turtle being able to be sold, isn't it still a risk factore knowing what went on in this pet store ? AND if I can undersatnd this right on salmonella, if they have proved that a tropical fish tank of just fish can harbor salmonella, due to waist matter growing bacteria in a filter media or a filtration system that is not up for par, can't a salmonella free animal regain or come up with it again ?