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Tell the FDA to Investigate WALMART for Puffer Fish's DEADLY NEUROTOXIN in Pet Department

The home marine aquarium community is outraged by the presence of Green Spotted Puffer Fish in Walmart stores. Not only is Walmart unequipped to sustain this brackish water fish, but this fish is being kept in a constant state of starvation by the supplier, who has instructed Walmart to feed them fish flakes. Puffer Fish DO NOT EAT FISH FLAKES. This willful and knowing cruelty is resulting in all other fish sharing the display tank filter system to sicken and die from TETRODOTOXIN POISONING. Walmart is selling a potentially poisonous animal to their customers without proper care and handling instructions, and putting them in contact with this deadly neurotoxin without WARNING. 

When threatened or stressed, Puffer Fish excrete Tetrodotoxin the 2nd most deadly neurotoxin in vertebrates. They are netted in the wild and shipped to the US import warehouses where they are kept separate from all other fish to protect them from the puffers lethal poison. Last year water tests of 12 Walmart stores tank's were conducted over a 6 month period. These tests proved Walmart to be clear of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates, concluding that Walmart display tanks filter systems are not poisoning the water. This leads to the conclusion that this water has been tainted by the starving puffers, and needs to be tested for the presence of Tetrodotoxin.

Besides committing ongoing acts of cruelty to the puffers and all other fish, Walmart could be violating the law by placing the unwitting public at risk of contact with Tetrodotoxin tainted water. Their tanks are often left unlocked and within reach of children in their store, where there is no warning label.

 With enough signatures we can get this critical issue addressed, and make the federal government step in to conduct an investigation. Please sign and circulate this petition and help us stop this outrageous tragedy from continuing.

Thank you,

Peggy Thomas


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