"Pardoned" Turkeys Deserve Real Refuge

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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
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
phone (202) 456-1111
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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!


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