by Amanda Just
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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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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg,, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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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.