Since the days of George H.W. Bush, Presidents have spared the lives of a couple fortunate turkeys every year around Thanksgiving.
This year, for example, President Obama will pardon two birds named Cobbler and Gobbler.
But PETA is actually against this act, as chairman Ingrid Newkirk addressed the Leader of the Free World today and said:
"It 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/ Turkeys do not need to be 'pardoned'-they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice. They are innocents who should be respected for who they are: good mothers, smart birds, and interesting animals.
"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."
Yes, she just compared the plight of turkeys to minority human beings.
Are you on the side of PETA? Should President stop pardoning them?