The Pardoned Turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NCBantam22, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. NCBantam22

    NCBantam22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2013
    Why doesn't the president pardon a heritage breed bird that can live for more than 1-2 years?
  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    its just for show. those turkeys are not pardoned. they are eaten by them.
  3. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2013
  4. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2013
    New Jersey
    I was thinking the same thing! Aside from the fact that heritage breeds are absolutely gorgeous birds, it would be nice for the bird to have a life or become a breeder. I'll assume that for the event they just take a turkey from the nearest production facility and they use it.
  5. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    I heard an NPR story on this. They are pardoned. But the interesting thing is that the farmer raising the turkey has to train it to stand still on a table in front of a bunch of noisy press and cameras. The guy from North Dakota this year trained them by putting them on a table and having classrooms of elementary kids march in. Pretty fun story. Anyway, I agree that a nice red bronze Tom would make a better show for people that know the difference, but the truth is no one knows the difference and no one really cares about heritage turkeys any more. Except us :)
  6. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2013
    After thinking about this for a while I came to a conclusion.
    Why does a turkey need to be pardoned in the first place?
    What evil thing did it do that a pardon is required?

    So here it goes.
    A heritage turkey is a natural god created animal.
    It does not need a pardon for it is part of the kingdom by nature.
    It has domicile rights by birth.

    A BBB is a man made creation.
    Created for profit which has many bad side effects to the animals health. (cripples easy, super short life, etc)
    It has no domicile rights by birth.
    It is property by creation.

    So are they pardoning mans creations (in general) and not the animal itself?

    It would seem so.

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