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Pardon One Turkey… But Eat Another?

Carrie Packwood Freeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication at Georgia State University writes about the utopian life-saving Presidential pardon of a turkey each Thanksgiving. Packwood believes that "this [ritual] rather reveals our collective moral tension over eating fellow animals. The bird’s pardon exists uncomfortably in a gap between the pleasure-seeking advertising of the meat industry and the critical moral rhetoric of animal rights.”

Obama’s words at the pardoning ceremony were: “There are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office—and then, there are moments like this – where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland.” His words, Packwood believes, carry Obama's knowledge that the pardoning is absurd.

Please visit Will You Pardon Your Turkey, And Eat Him Too, Mr. President?

It’s indeed absurd to pardon the life of a turkey and later on having another as meal. This contradiction shows how entrenched in our culture is the hypocrisy with which we treat God’s animals to our benefit while trying to excuse our behavior in spite of the suffering and devastation we are causing in God’s Creation.

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