Should President Obama Rethink the Annual Turkey Pardon This Thanksgiving?
Every year, the White House has an annual Thanksgiving Ceremony in which they pardon two turkeys and send them to a Disney theme park. Seriously. The pardoning tradition has been going on for 20 years, and the Disney destination has been in effect for five, but this November, Farm Sanctuary is asking President Obama to re-route the two selected birds.
You see, according to the organization, over half of the pardoned turkeys die within a year of arriving at Disney, adding that the birds have been genetically manipulated for decades, and are prone to health issues that Disney can't properly attend to.
So, Farm Sanctuary has set up a petition asking the President to send the pardoned birds to their Watkins Glen, N.Y. shelter instead.
"We are offering the Obama administration an opportunity to distinguish themselves from past administrations by starting a new, compassionate Thanksgiving tradition that is more in-step with Americans' growing concern about the welfare of animals raised for food," Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder Gene Baur said.
What do you think Obama should do? Should he send the turkeys to the farm or keep with the Disney tradition? Do any of you think the White House should give up the pardoning all together and do something else to help the turkeys? Let us know what you think in the comments.