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Holiday traditions: PETA asks Obama to put a stop to the annual turkey pardoning…

posted at 6:20 pm on November 20, 2012 by

…this time, by comparing the turkeys’ situation to the struggles of minority groups. I have no words. Via NBC:

On Tuesday, PETA sent a letter to President Obama asking him to skip than annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, a tradition that dates back to Abraham Lincoln. The letter sent by PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said the ceremony “makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds” and “portrays the United States president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry.” …

“You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,” Newkirk wrote in the letter. …

“We want to change it from a pardon,’’ Newkirk said. “The bird has done nothing wrong, so it should be changed to something else more appropriate, like an ‘excusing,’ or a ‘liberating.’’’

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They’re right. Don’t pardon the turkey, broil it!

RoadRunner on November 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,” Newkirk wrote in the letter. …

Nice to see her concern about conservatives and Christians.

BTW, PETA kills dogs.

rbj on November 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

They’re just trying to encourage Obama to be consistent. After all, aren’t they running a campaign saying that if you wouldn’t eat your dog, you shouldn’t eat a turkey?

Logically, then (if that word can be applied to PETA), if you do eat dog then you should eat turkey.

malclave on November 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I always try to eat a little extra meat … to make up for a vegetarian.

aunursa on November 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The cranberries!

Who will speak for the cranberries?

Is there no justice? One day their just hanging out in the bog, minding their own business and the next day they’ve been reduced to a gelatinous state and poured into a can!

And the indignity of still having the can’s rib marks still on you!

- P.E.T.C.

turfmann on November 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I thought I was just sick of politics. Turns out I am sick of everything. This is stupid.

HawaiiLwyr on November 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

As a guy who is about to spend his twentieth Thanksgiving as a vegetarian (about half my life now), I support the opposite: pardon all of ‘em.

bmmg39 on November 21, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Alternate menu

Shy Guy on November 21, 2012 at 6:22 AM

“We want to change it from a pardon,’’ Newkirk said. “The bird has done nothing wrong, so it should be changed to something else more appropriate, like an ‘excusing,’ or a ‘liberating.’’’

I guess it’s a little picky to point out that the turkey is being “pardoned” because it’s fate is to be killed. Yes, we know the turkey didn’t do anything wrong. Will PETA be happy when they have sucked every bit of humor out of humankind’s existence?

2L8 on November 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

The letter sent by PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said the ceremony “makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds”

“I felt a great disturbance in my head, as though millions of brain cells cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”

SDN on November 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

“I’ve heard the screams of the Vegetables….”

SDN on November 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM

You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,”

Perfect. The true nature of their beliefs come forth. Hear that all you African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community. You are nothing but lower life forms to be herded and care for by your betters. The really funny thing is that those critters are not so gentle or as intelligent as one would think. PETA sees the Bambi in every animal but, I grew up around them. Nothing like seeing turkeys or even chickens gang up on a rat, snake, squirrel or even one another and brutally kill and eat it. The biggest problem I have with these groups is they they claim to believe in nature and evolution but deny that humans are the alpha predator. Sure a lion may have teeth and claws or an elephant size but humans have brains that allowed them to far out class any other predator out there. These groups like PETA deny us our rightful place in nature.

Frank Enstine on November 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Will PETA be happy when they have sucked every bit of humor out of humankind’s existence?

2L8 on November 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

No, they will be happy when they have sucked every bit of humankind out of existence.

There is not a animal rights or environmental group on this planet that is not at its core anti-human. They have a deep need to greatly diminish or remove completely what they consider the human stain from the beauty of the natural Earth.

I guess in a way it proves human sentience. We are the only organism on Earth that comprehends the consequences of our actions. We build a damn and weep for all the creatures killed or displaced. We weep for the Earth as we violate the natural course of the river. On the other hand a beaver builds a dam and doesn’t have an inking in its tiny little mind of the consequences. Heck, it could drop a tree on its entire family group and carry on as if nothing as changed. Being aware of your actions and caring about others is what sentience is all about. Of course that means many people we know, especially federal workers are possibly not sentient. But hey, we pretty much knew that anyway just by seeing government at work.

Frank Enstine on November 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

“makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds”

. . . of some 46 million gentle, intelligent, delicious birds . . .

FIFY.

dissent555 on November 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

“You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,” Newkirk wrote in the letter. …

Is P.E.T.A. really putting all these special interest groups on/at the same level as turkeys?

Doesn’t that make P.E.T.A. a bunch of racist sexists?

JohnFLob on November 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM