PETA Has a Big Beef With Today's Presidential Turkey Pardon

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Presidential Turkey PardonToday is a big day for one lucky turkey -- President Obama will pardon him from being someone's Thanksgiving meal. The fortunate fowl will be taken to a lovely sanctuary where it will roam the rest of its days instead of being served next to some stuffing as part of the historic Presidential Turkey Pardon.

This year, there are two contending birds vying to be spared -- Cobbler and Gobbler. Yes, they have names, and, even more bizarrely, they're currently living it up in luxury at the posh W hotel in D.C. The two have been vying for votes online, and today at 2 p.m., the president will announce which bird wins. You can watch the whole thing go down at 2 p.m. Eastern time here

Don't worry though; the loser doesn't have it too bad. He won't get the title of National Turkey, but he won't be eaten either. Both will actually be taken to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to chill.

It's a rather funny tradition and sort of a strange way for the President to spend his time, but, according to the White House, it's a tradition that dates back to 1963 when John Kennedy pardoned the first turkey at the White House. And it's all in fun. 

Guess whose feathers are all ruffled about it though? PETA. You'd think they'd be happy to see animals' lives being spared, but that's not the way they see it. In fact, they're so pissed that they're equating the pardoning of turkeys with discrimination against minorities.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, wrote in a letter to President Obama:

It makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds and portrays the United States’ president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry. Turkeys do not need to be ‘pardoned’—they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice. They are innocents who should be respected for who they are: good mothers, smart birds, and interesting animals.

You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing.

Um, wow. I have total respect and admiration for vegetarians, and I get the whole meat-is-murder thing, though I love meat so I'm okay with the crime. But this is crazy. It's PETA we're talking about, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Still, wow.

There's no indication from the White House that they're going to cancel the turkey pardon. So tune if you're so inclined, or go check your tofurkey if not.

What do you think of the Presidential Turkey Ban?


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bills... billsfan1104

I cant wait for Turkey. Yummy.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

And PETA wonder why nobody takes them seriously....

Happy... Happydad73

PETA: people eating tasty animals. Nuff said.

BirdCo BirdCo

PETA is off their rockers. What a joke.

tbruc... tbrucemom

PETA is whacked.  They could be using their influence to truly advocate for animals that are actually being abused but they do this kind of stuff and no one takes anything they do seriously.

2many... 2manydiapers

Peta takes money each year from our government for rescuing domesticated animals, which they then kill and dont adopt out.

nonmember avatar Dani

Thank you 2manydiapers! peta kills more animals than they save, that's why i don't take them seriously.

jagam... jagamama0710

PETA is such a joke.

My bird is in my fridge, ready to be cooked, sliced, and eaten tomorrow. I named her Teresa. She is going to be delicious! No pardons in this house.


Celia... Celiacelia

I understand what PETA is saying. We shouldn't make light of how we get our delicious turkey. When I was taking anatomy and PHYS 2b my instructor would have us put a little towel over our cat cadavers face to show our respect for it. I love that philosophy, I think that's what they may have wanted people to get out of that.

nonmember avatar Ann

Um... Wow. Is all I have to say. Animals are on this earth for people to eat. Otherwise the earth would be way overrun with animals.. Vegetarians are definitly respected by me though. To each their own. But PETA is way off on the 'smart animal' thing. I have seen baby turkeys look up at the sky while it is raining and drown themselves. Not very smart to me! (p.s... After I saw it happen I got the others under shelter so they wouldnt die as well)

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