The Sad Truth About What Happens To 'Pardoned' Turkeys
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That's because all the previous pardoned turkeys are now dead. Well, almost all. There's one lone survivor, Carmel, who was pardoned by President Obama in 2013. Carmel's co-pardoned turkey, however, died over the summer. The 2012 pardoned turkeys died before they ever got a chance to meet Carmel.
"All the turkeys ever pardoned at the White House are dead, including the six already given a pass from the roasting pan by President Barack Obama in previous years," CNN wrote last year.Dean Norton, who is in charge of livestock at Mount Vernon, tells CNN why: "The bird is bred for the table, not for longevity...Some of [the pardoned turkeys] have been pretty short lived."
National Turkey Federation spokesperson Keith Williams tells ABC: "They're not pets. They're not workhorses. They don't live that long."
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