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Who Will Pardon Obama?

By November 22, 2012

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Obama once again pardoned a turkey this year, amid jokes and laughter. Cobbler and his understudy, Gobbler, were raised specifically for this occasion, but they are domestic turkeys, which means they will live only about a year. Domestic turkeys have been bred to be so freakishly large, they cannot mate naturally (domestic turkeys are artificially inseminated) and have a very short life span.

As if on cue, one of the two turkeys pardoned last year, Peace, just recently passed away.

Turkeys don't need to be pardoned. They haven't done anything wrong. Yet I'm sure that Obama will eat turkey today like millions of Americans. One of the turkeys who was not lucky enough to be "pardoned."

And once again, Mercy for Animals filmed cruelty and abuse at a Butterball turkey farm. As a result of last year's expose, one Butterball employee pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty, while a state Department of Agriculture employee pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. While people might think these instances of cruelty are unusual and extreme, they aren't. They are routine at factory farms all over the country. But regardless of how well they're treated or whether they grow too large, the animal rights view is that we do not have the right to slaughter them and eat them.

Screencap Doris Lin 2012, licensed to About.com, Inc.


November 22, 2012 at 7:13 am
(1) Karen Davis says:

My book MORE THAN A MEAL: THE TURKEY IN HISTORY, MYTH, RITUAL, AND REALITY, pubished by Lantern Books in 2005, was largely prompted by the annual Presidential Turkey “Pardoning” Ceremony in the White House. I devote Chapter 7 of my book to the history of this ceremony and its social and economic significance.

It is profoundly distressing that this heartless, demeaning ritual is conducted by President Obama, who is supposed to represent moral progress, but on so many levels, does not.

People who want to better understand how the turkey “pardoning” ceremony fits into our society (manifesting its worst aspects) are encouraged to buy and read my book, which is packed with information about turkeys through history and in cultures, including the turkeys’ own fascinating culture and family life.

Karen Davis, PhD, President, United Poultry Concerns.

November 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm
(2) M. Butterflies Katz says:

I like the title of this article because that is how I feel. A turkey is an innocent victim and has never done a crime to be “pardoned” for, but Obama and all other non-vegans are the ones that are daily perpetuating crimes against non-humanity. People have evolved to be able to live vegan. We don’t require to eat, wear or use animals, and therefore to do so is criminal. It’s stealing the life and inflicting violent assault on fellow sentient animals; it a crime. A turkey has done nothing to be pardoned for, but can you say the same?

August 9, 2013 at 3:56 am
(3) friedturkeyleg says:

Idiots ..don’t you know turkey can kill up to a thousand insect a day.there filthy murderers and its a shame he would. pardon. one much less two

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