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Morrissey Won't Pardon the Presidential Turkey Pardon

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Since 1989, the President of the United States has “pardoned” one single turkey from slaughter for the year’s Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a pretty strange national tradition when you think about it, and even though it’s been happening year after year, vegan singer/songwriter, Morrissey still says there’s no reason for it. The former frontman of The Smiths blasted President Obama and his staff over their participation in the pardon.

In a statement, Morrissey writes, “Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million birds are horrifically abused; dragged through electrified stun baths, and then have their throats slit. And President Obama laughs… Further, the meat industry is responsible for 51 per cent of human-caused greenhouse-gas emission, therefore the embarrassingly stupid White House ‘turkey pardon’ is open support for a viciously cruel and environmentally irresponsible industry.”

Anyone enjoying a vegan Thanksgiving feast this year will be the ones truly “pardoning” a turkey. Maybe next year the Obamas will consider a new tradition involving a Tofurky. Hey, it could happen! Just look at Clinton and Gore!

Photo via: Morrissey Official Facebook page

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  • Maleficent

    I pardoned a Turkey and ate Tofurkey instead! 🙂 My meat-eating husband loved it, and surprised me when he said we should do Tofurkey from now on!

  • pacifictwilite

    I don’t care for Tofurkey so I make stuffed portobello mushrooms instead.

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