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Californians Have Power to Pardon a Turkey Too

PHOTO: The national farm animal rescue group, Farm Sanctuary, is encouraging people to save a turkey this Thanksgiving. The Adopt a Turkey Project gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group's shelters in California and New York. The group has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. Photo courtesy Farm Sanctuary.
PHOTO: The national farm animal rescue group, Farm Sanctuary, is encouraging people to save a turkey this Thanksgiving. The Adopt a Turkey Project gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group's shelters in California and New York. The group has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. Photo courtesy Farm Sanctuary.
November 26, 2013

ACTON, Calif. - President Obama isn't the only one who can pardon a Thanksgiving turkey. A national farm animal rescue group is giving every Californian a chance to save a turkey this Thanksgiving.

According to Bruce Friedrich, advocacy director for Farm Sanctuary, through the "Adopt a Turkey Project" people can sponsor one of the rescued birds that live at the group's California shelters.

"Everybody has the ability to pardon tens of millions of turkeys by helping us to make Thanksgiving a compassionate holiday, rather than one that requires turkey sacrifice," Friedrich stated.

He said turkeys are intelligent, social animals that form lifelong bonds and possess unique abilities to communicate with one another. Farm Sanctuary has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years.

Farm Sanctuary also is teaming up with the stars of the new animated movie "Free Birds." Actors Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson are the group's "spokesturkeys."

"They're doing a bunch of work promoting our Adopt a Turkey program and also encouraging people to join Barack Obama in pardoning turkeys by allowing them to live free, rather than on dinner tables," Friedrich said.

For a $30 donation, an adopter receives a special adoption certificate that includes a photo and fun details about the newly-adopted turkey friend.

Farm Sanctuary has two shelters in California. One is in Acton, near Los Angeles, the other in Orland, near Sacramento.

More information is at FarmSanctuary.org.


Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA