November 21, 2016

What happens to pardoned turkeys after Thanksgiving?

Every year, the president of the United States takes a break from governing on Thanksgiving Day to take part in a special ceremony with the National Turkey Federation. During the ceremony, the NTF chairman, presents the president and first lady with the National Thanksgiving Turkey. An alternate National Thanksgiving Turkey also makes the trek. But in recent years, those turkeys never made it to the dinner table. Ever since President George H.W. Bush announced that he would “pardon” the turkey in 1989, presidential turkey pardons have become the custom. But have you ever wondered what happens to the turkey once it is pardoned?
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