Entries in National Thanksgiving Turkey (3)


President Obama to Issue Pardons to Two Lucky Turkeys

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(WASHINGTON) -- Liberty and Peace will become the most envied turkeys in America on Wednesday when President Obama grants them pardon, thus saving them from the dreadful yet delicious fate of the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Both 19-week-old, 45-pound turkeys from Willmar, Minn., will be pardoned by the president in a White House ceremony Wednesday morning.  According to the White House, the names for Liberty and its alternate Peace were chosen from over 100 submissions to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s website that highlighted the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

Following the pardoning, the birds will be given their freedom at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.  Before taking up residence in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s livestock facility, the National Thanksgiving Turkey will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a special program that runs through Jan. 6.

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PETA to Kids: Would You ‘Eat Your Dog’ For Thanksgiving?

PETA(WASHIGNTON) -- PETA, the animal rights organization known for its sometimes controversial ad campaigns, is now inviting children to consider that eating a turkey on Thanksgiving is the same as dining on their dog.

The Thanksgiving ad, which was released Monday, features a Jack Russell terrier’s head photoshopped onto a turkey’s body and says, “KIDS: If you wouldn’t eat your dog, why eat a turkey? GO VEGAN.”

“Turkeys may not be as familiar to us as dogs or cats but they have the same ability to suffer and that’s something people innately understand, especially kids,” said PETA’s manager of campaigns Ashely Byrne.

“There are a lot of kids out there who don’t want to see a dead bird as the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner.”

PETA plans to erect numerous billboards of this ad near public schools in major cities in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Florida, New Mexico, Utah, and Tennessee, to “spark a dialogue between kids and their parents,” according to Byrne. However, PETA is still negotiating with local advertising companies in various cities.

The organization launched the campaign, Byrne said, to raise awareness that much like man’s best friend, turkeys are also animals that are sensitive to pain.

“It doesn’t make sense to call dogs our friends and turkeys our food,” Byrne said. 

In addition to the billboards, PETA also suggests turkey substitutes for a traditional bird, including the soy-based Tofurkey, as well as other soy-based recipes on their website.

This isn’t the first time PETA has used the Thanksgiving holiday as a soap box for turkey cruelty.
In 2009, the organization released an ad called “Grace,” which featured a little girl leading her family in prayer over their Thanksgiving meal and then suddenly launching into a graphic description of how turkeys are slaughtered as her family shifts uncomfortably in their chairs.

PETA had hoped to air the spot during NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that year, but the network declined, saying the ad “does not meet NBC Universal standards.”

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President Obama Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey "Apple"

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday, President Obama pardoned "Apple," the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in the nation's 63rd anniversary of the tradition.  Joined by his daughters Sasha and Malia in the Rose Garden, the president reflected on the yearly tradition and wished American familed a safe and healthy holiday.

"Apple" was spared from landing on the president's Thanksgiving table by National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia.  Envia said he picked the turkey because he was the most beautiful bird in the flock and was "a little more well behaved than the rest of the flock."

"Apple," along with his alternate "Cider," who was also pardoned, will now live at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.  There, visitors can visit the National Thanksgiving Turkey as he is displayed during "Christmas at Mount Vernon" through Jan. 6.

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