People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are hoping President Obama will extend an ethical hand to one animal in particular this holiday season: the turkey.
Justin Sink at The Hill reports
on PETA's newest campaign, of sorts, which sees it pleading with Obama to stop participating in the Thanksgiving turkey pardon ritual. It's a tradition, Sink notes, that reaches back to the tenure of Abraham Lincoln.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk drafted the letter condemning the pardon for making light of the "mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds," and alerting the POTUS to the notion that the fowl are guilty of nothing apart from "being born into a world of prejudice."
"You understand well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history," Newkirk writes. "Now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are treated as if their feelings count for nothing."
The President is not expected to take up Newkirk's strongly worded suggestion to pass on the pardon, Sink informs us. (Besides, it's already too late
Via The Hill
Posted Nov 21, 11:30am PST.