Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2018

But how - and why - did this holiday tradition of pardoning turkeys begin? "They aren't serving five to 10 for armed robbery".

The pardoning will be live streamed on the White House's YouTube channel and likely on C-SPAN as well for those looking to watch the turkey's pardoned in the annual ceremony.

"They don't leave prison through Intake and Release, collect their belongings, and go home to their families", PETA says with a serious face. The Guardian notes that last year's turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, are already deceased. The article even provides an ad for a meat-less turkey from Trader Joes.

Every year during Thanksgiving week, the sitting USA president comes face-to-beak with turkeys seeking a fate more hopeful than that of their fellow fowl.

These animals never get to know the love of their mothers or feel the sunlight on their backs or the grass beneath their feet.

Peas, one of the South Dakota-bred turkeys that received a presidential pardon Tuesday, pleaded the Fifth.

"They're very social, very docile birds", Dalloul said.

It wasn't until 1963 that President John F. Kennedy offered a glimmer of hope to a donated Thanksgiving bird, saying, "Let's keep him going", which The Washington Post reported using the words "reprieve" and "pardon", according to the WHHA.

Pardoning the turkeys didn't catch on right away.

President Trump also joked about the turkeys getting subpoenas from House Democrats.

First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a light-hearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

While the annual presidential turkey pardon is typically free of partisan politics, President Donald Trump took jabs at the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the incoming House Democratic majority at Tuesday's ceremony.

"That turkey is so lucky".

In true Trumpian fashion, the President also wished America "a very, very happy Thanksgiving".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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