The National Turkey Federation unveiled two turkeys that could potentially be pardoned by President Joe Biden on Sunday, November 19, in Washington, DC. This event took place just a day before the annual Thanksgiving-turkey-pardoning ceremony at the White House. The turkeys, named Liberty and Bell, are both males and were brought in from Willmar, Minnesota. Weighing in at approximately 42 pounds each, these birds certainly made an impression.
Fortunately for Liberty and Bell, their fate was not to end up on someone’s dinner table. On Monday, both turkeys were granted a pardon and are set to return to their home state to receive care at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences for the remainder of their lives. Local media outlets reported this heartwarming news, bringing relief to those who were concerned about the turkeys’ well-being.
The tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys at the White House has a long history. It was officially established as a tradition by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, as confirmed by the White House. This event has garnered significant public interest over the years, and it continues to be an important part of the Thanksgiving festivities.
The National Turkey Federation played a crucial role in presenting these potential pardoned turkeys to President Biden. Their efforts ensured that Liberty and Bell were given a chance to live out their lives in a safe and caring environment. This act of compassion reflects the spirit of Thanksgiving, reminding us to be grateful for the lives and well-being of all creatures, big and small.