Mr. Obama, ‘don’t pardon a turkey’: Has PETA given up?

Obama pardoning turkey People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked President Obama not to pardon turkeys this year, but since every turkey he pardoned has subsequently died, maybe it doesn’t really matter.

PETA’s senior vice president, Lisa Lange, explained the request in a video.

“Why?” she asked. “Because hosting this event lends his implicit endorsement to and provides free advertising for an industry that violently kills nearly 250 million animals every year and wreaks havoc on the environment and the health of Americans.”

Lange recommended a vegan Thanksgiving dinner this year.

But it turns out that all eight turkeys pardoned by Obama in past years have died, according to ABC News.

“We usually just find ‘em and they’re dead,” a turkey farmer told ABC’s John Stossel. The 2001 report said the birds are bred for eating, and by the time they’re pardoned, their days are numbered.

“Their flesh has grown so fast, and their heart and their bones and their other organs can’t catch up,” the farmer said.

Pardoning turkeys at Thanksgiving has been a tradition for years.

Turkeys have been part of the presidential holiday festivities since the Harry Truman days in 1947, according to Wikipedia. Dwight Eisenhower reportedly ate his turkeys at the White House, and John F. Kennedy was the first to return his to the farm. Ronald Reagan is said to be the first to grant a “pardon,” but George H.W. Bush was the first to make a “presidential pardon” an official part of the presentation.

For the record, turkeys pardoned by other presidents also had a short lifespan.

Watch the video from PETA:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • Norm Kostuck, Jr.

    LOL–there is no such thing as a vegan, vegitarian, etc. LOL. ….I have known some and all were caught stuffing meat in their faces (hiding in a dark corner thinking nobody saw them). And my guess is they were not vegan/vegitarian’s when they were kids. Most vegan’s I know looked sickly; probably due to the lack of meat in their diet. Meat does the body good! :)

    • Aaron Barnes

      we need meat to stay healthy must of our iron in the body comes from meat

  • Aaron Barnes

    u can take your vegan meal and shove it up your a….. i not going to eat that crap so some stupid turkeys can live. I love meat and i’m not going to change, humans are meat eaters not leaf eaters, and so what if the kill them like that im going to eat them and u want me to kill them humanly, this is the same animal that can drown itself when it rains, killing it would be a favor to it.

  • Charles

    I’d like to point out that the Turkey Pardon is a long-standing tradition that makes ordinary people reflect upon their meat consumption, at least once a year.
    Not sure why PETA is against it.
    Sometimes, the vegetarian-activists remind me of the hard-line Protestants that want to outlaw Christmas.

    • Aaron Barnes

      I don’t understand why people need to be just dicks to other people specially around this time of season, if some one tells u to have a merry xmas don’t be a ahole say thank u and u too and walk away, there no need being a dick about; its a form of greeting during this time of year.

      • Charles

        Do people act like assholes when someone say merry xmas? What exactly happens?

        • Aaron Barnes

          u know all those people who trying to get god out of everything, or pressured the retail stores to say happy holidays instead of merry Christmas a lot of them will be dicks about it saying they don’t celebrate Xmas or they are anesthetist