Let Us Remember: The Pardoned Turkeys Who All Die Anyway

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The President will pardon on Wednesday Caramel and Popcorn, two turkeys that will likely die anyway within the next year. This isn’t because they are old, but because we humans groom turkeys to be so fat that they die from obesity-related illnesses. Caramel and Popcorn, nearly 40 pounds, are larger than the largest wild turkey, and are two to eight times larger than the average. In sum: according to the White House, twenty-two turkeys have been pardoned and, according to National Journal, they are all dead, with only one surviving to the next Thanksgiving.

R.I.P. Caramel and Popcorn.

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And “Cobbler”


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And “Courage”

President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

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And “Flyer”

President George W. Bush, right, pets Flyer the turkey, held by Lynn Nutt, after giving the bird a Thanksgiving pardon in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday, November 22, 2006.

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And “Biscuits”

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And “Jerry”


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And “R.J.” (Robust and Juicy)

Ronald Reagan

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