With Thanksgiving just one day away, the president is set to carry out the long held White House tradition of pardoning the turkey, but animal activist group PETA is asking Obama to put an end to a ritual, ABC OTUS News reports.
In a letter to President Obama, Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, compares the turkey’s plight to that of African- Americans and other minority groups.
"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," she wrote.
She said the practice makes light of the “mass slaughter” of 46 million intelligent birds and makes the U.S. look like the nation is in cahoots with the turkey-killing industry.
The turkey pardoning tradition was inspired from Abe Lincoln, who spared the life of a turkey for his son, Tad, in the 1860’s.
PETA also reached out to Obama last year, asking him to use the phrase “spare” in place of “pardon”, because the latter indicates that the birds are guilty of something.
“They are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice,” Newkirk said.
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