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Even a Lame Duck Can Lend Turkeys a Hand

Written by PETA | November 26, 2008

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President Bush pardoning a turkey

Avid fans of The PETA Files will have already watched the message recorded by PETA’s “President Bush” in which he showcases his support for turkeys, right? Right. So, you know that our real president has less than two months left as “The Deciderer.” That’s not a lot of time, but it’s enough to make a difference for at least two lives.

In this letter dispatched to the real President Bush, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk asks him to send this year’s “pardoned” turkeys to a proper Washington, D.C.–area sanctuary rather than to a theme park or working farm, where pardoned turkeys are traditionally sent and where they usually die from their painful genetic defects within the first year—or even within days of arrival.

You’ve probably guessed that pardoned turkeys aren’t as “blessed” as this tradition hints at. Like all factory-farmed turkeys, the birds are pumped full of drugs and bred to grow so large so fast that their little legs aren’t able to support their massive, unnatural size. As a result, the birds suffer crippling injuries and painful deformities—serious and sometimes fatal conditions that theme parks and working farms don’t handle appropriately. Footage released earlier this month from an undercover investigation at a turkey factory farm in West Virginia shows the tremendous stress put on these birds’ bodies and the pure hell these animals are put through.

So, President Bush, please give these birds a fighting chance rather than a sad show for the nation, and in return, we’ll send you and your family a delicious cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal including Tofurky, meat-free stuffing, and all-American vegan apple pie with vanilla soy ice cream. Oh, and as a bonus, we’ll try to forget some of your pronunciation slips and speech mishaps through the years. After all, Thanksgiving is about forgiveness and giving thanks.

Posted by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Anonymous says:

    AMERICA IS EVIL! THANKSGIVING CELEBRATES THE SLAUGHTER OF NATIVE AMERICANS! IT IS A FESTIVAL OF GREED HATE AND MURDER!! IT CELEBRATES THE GENOCIDE OF NATIVE AMERICANS WITH A GENOCIDE OF ANIMALS!! Thats who America is one nation under GOD because their GOD is the most hate filled entity alive.

  • Elise says:

    I wish I could have a pet turkey but I don’t know if it would be legal to have them in a duplex apartment….I would raise it from a hatchling as I have bottle fed two of my cats from twoweek old orphaned kittens…who knows….I have a feeling that a gentle turkey would be a beloved and clever companion and stern when need be. My “kittencats” are so spoiled that there ought be an enforcer with a firm wing and a readytospeak attitude which would gobble the attention of my beloved furry farm brats!! But the ultimate enforcer is myself which incurs a firm voice.

  • Shari says:

    Because pardoning turkeys this Thanksgiving ALONG WITH all the other living creatures SUBJECTED to the VILE meat industry 365 DAYS A YEAR is the only MORAL ETHICAL thing to do even though we NO longer ARE a nation UNDER GOD. CORPORATISM GREEDBARGAIN WITH THE DEVIL Thanksgiving is also a ‘pilgrim myth’ NO such thing as pilgrims just ANOTHER illusion you were ‘programmed’ to believe and accept what would this nation do WITHOUT its sheeple to BELIEVE in their fairy tales as Thanksgiving is nothing more than mere THEFT of this land from the Native Indians along WITH the genocide of its people! SOUND familiar? NOW tell me just WHERE HOW does the symbolized ‘Turkey’ come into play of these crimes corruption? Hmm answer me that? If you are apart of the MAJORITY of the ‘dummied down society’ that STILL senselessly celebrate the ‘traditional lies’ of Thanksgiving TRY celebrating this year by NOT eating the ‘so called’ mascot! aaahahahaaa I’d LOVE to see what would happen if ‘they’ created a holiday where jumping off a cliff was the theme for the making of tradition LOL! It would definitely SOLVE the problem of OVER population THAT’S for sure ‘ Peace Love TRUTH

  • vegancoin says:

    A very poor and careless representation of the american dream or what’s left of it. i myself find it just a little disturbing that one of our leaders is yet again showcasing the pardoning a genetically altered turkey raised only for the mindless consumption of food. Greed by any other name. Again a grim reminder that junk science is our master the leading edge of this corrupt economic system and shamocracy. But more to the point we live on a world choked by pollution overpopulation disease wars pestilence environmental destruction greed and poverty. Disgusting.

  • Haywood Jablomi says:

    I love 4 by 4s!!!

  • Carla says:

    Beautiful letter once again Ingrid!! Except he’s not a lame duck he’s a lame President!!! But never the less he’s offered a full meal deal and the sanctuary is right around the corner… Well what would you be waiting for Bush?!! It’s a nobrainer. Unless you suddenly got one?!!

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