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|Originally Posted: 13 November 2009|
"Pardoned" Turkeys Deserve Real Refuge
FROM Farm Sanctuary
We believe that if President Barack Obama wishes to make a show of magnanimity by sparing two turkeys, those turkeys should be given real refuge and not be shuttled to an amusement park to be displayed as attractions while they await premature death. We must submit our petition by November 20
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President Barack Obama
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Every year at Thanksgiving, the president of the U.S.
“pardons” two turkeys, sparing them from a grisly slaughterhouse
death. Unfortunately, these turkeys have, for the last four
years, been sent to a Disney theme park – either Walt Disney
World or Disneyland – where at least half of them have died
within one year. Because modern commercially-bred turkeys have
been genetically manipulated for decades, they are prone to
serious health issues that require specialized care. Disney’s
track record shows that it simply is not able to provide the
level of care necessary to keep these birds healthy, happy and
comfortable for years.
Of course, we at Farm Sanctuary think all turkeys should be pardoned, and since 1986 our Adopt-A-Turkey Project has saved the lives of countless turkeys and encouraged millions of people to participate in a new compassionate Thanksgiving tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one. We believe that if President Barack Obama wishes to make a show of magnanimity by sparing two turkeys, those turkeys should be given real refuge and not be shuttled to an amusement park to be displayed as attractions while they await premature death.
By sending the pardoned turkeys to Farm Sanctuary’s shelter in Watkins Glen, New York, President Obama can send a clear message that farm animals are not merely props for a photo op but sentient creatures who deserve to be treated with kindness and dignity. Please sign our petition today, and help bring this year’s “pardoned” turkeys to the “happiest place on earth” for farm animals.
We must submit our petition by November 20 to be heard in time, so please sign now and ask all your friends, family and co-workers to do the same!
Thank you for everything you do for animals!