So it’s come to this: a turkey’s life hangs in the balance as Facebook has found a way to creep itself into one of this nation’s time-honored traditions, the pardoning of a turkey by the president.
From the White House blog:
On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey and this year, for the first time ever, the American public will get its say. People all across the country are flocking to cast their vote.
Which of two turkeys will be named the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey?
Born on the same day on a farm in Rockingham Country, Virginia, Cobbler and Gobbler may look alike, but they’re no birds of a feather. Cobbler craves cranberries, is known for his strut, and enjoys the musical stylings of Carly Simon. Gobbler, a patient but proud bird, loves to nibble on corn and enjoys any music with a fiddle.
Which turkey is your favorite? Go to the White House Facebook page and “Like” and “share” their post to cast your vote.
So who will it be to get put on the chopping block, America? “Gobbler” or “Cobbler.” Personally, Cobbler sounds delicious, so I vote Gobbler!
Naturally, PETA is PISSED about this…
The White House turkey “pardon” is a sorely outdated event. 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.
This year, we encourage you to forgo this event, which so many Americans find offensive, and choose a delicious, healthy Tofurky roast for your family’s holiday table.
Sorry, PETA — Tofurky is TERRIBLE. You be better off suggesting America eat cheese dip on Thanksgiving instead.
(Pic via White House Flickr)