Pardoned Turkeys Will Not Be Going to Disney World After All

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The White House will continue to spare a turkey this year at its annual Thanksgiving Ceremony, but the pardoned bird won't be going to a Disney theme park like its predecessors have. Instead, the lucky turkey will be sent to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia to live happily ever after.

In early November, we posted about Farm Sanctuary's petition, asking President Obama to place the pardoned birds in a better environment. According to the organization, over half of the turkeys died within a year of arriving at Disneyland.
Did the President read our post? Possibly, but it was a spokesperson from Disneyland who delivered the good news to the Associated Press. "We're moving on to do new things and surprise our guests with new things," said the Disneyland rep, John McClintock.

This year, a 21-week-old California turkey will get the first-class treament after arriving in Washington, D.C. It will stay at the W Hotel near the White House, and then travel to Mount Vernon, where he'll be taken to his new pen in a horse-drawn carriage.

What do you think? Are you happy that the pardoned turkeys will have a better home? Or do you think the turkey pardoning tradition should be scrapped for good? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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