For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2018
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding the annual presidential turkey pardon:
When no “pardoned” turkey has lived more than a few years, “sparing” a physically distorted, genetically engineered, soon-to-be-lame bird who’s likely on the brink of heart failure is fake news. If the White House truly wanted to save a turkey’s life, there would be a Tofurky roast on the president’s table instead of a bird’s corpse. Humans who disregard the beauty, intelligence, and wonder of a turkey and see him or her as a centerpiece rather than a feeling individual, are the ones who should seek to be pardoned for their shortsightedness.