“The turkey is ‘pardoned,’ not sacrificed, in a mock-magnanimous gesture performed by the President of the United States.”
– Karen Davis, PhD, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality
In this 10-minute interview with Dr. Lori Kirshner on Animals Today, United Poultry Concerns president
Karen Davis discusses some of the deeper implications of the Presidential turkey pardoning ceremony, which has become an annual White House ritual of
Thanksgiving in the U.S. Interview recorded on Nov. 30. 2014.
Listen to the Animals Today podcast.
Food for Thought from More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality:
Q. “Anthropologists tell us that in the past, certain cultures have asked forgiveness from animals being hunted for consumption. How does the turkey
‘pardoning’ idea fit into this scheme?”
A. “It doesn’t fit into that at all. We’re not asking for forgiveness. They are not an endangered species.” – Stuart Proctor,
National Turkey Federation
“It’s very positive, it’s something that all of the presidents seem to enjoy doing, so it’s a fun thing to do. It’s really to
celebrate the holiday and heighten the visibility of the industry to the American public.” – Julie DeYoung, National Turkey Federation
Shame on Obama.
239,386,000 turkeys were officially slaughtered in U.S. slaughterhouses in 2013. For these humiliated and abused birds, every day is
Learn more about turkeys at: www.upc-online.org/turkeys.
Have a compassionate holiday season
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