President Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys
by Megan Blanchard
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Soon, President Obama will spare two turkeys from slaughter during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. It is a light-hearted moment, designed to appeal to America’s optimism and sense of humor.

Unfortunately, this Thanksgiving ritual, formalized by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, is less about saving turkeys and more about providing a photo op for the President. Here is what the White House may not want us to know about the President’s pardoned turkeys:

In 2012, Huffington Post contributor Katy Hall pointed out that wild turkeys average around 18 pounds, whereas Liberty and Peace, the turkeys pardoned by President Obama in 2011, weighed 45 pounds each.

Liberty and Peace are now dead, as are 2012′s pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler. This year, a more benevolent move would be for President Obama to adopt a turkey from Farm Sanctuary and save the photo op for a delicious tofurkey dinner.

About Megan Blanchard

Megan Blanchard is a graduate of UCLA's School of Film, Television and Digital Media. She has been writing and designing content strategy for pro-social outlets and non-profit organizations since 2009.

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