More than 10,000 of you signed our petition to the White House asking that this year's “pardoned” turkeys be sent to Farm Sanctuary instead of Disneyland (where these delicate animals are not given proper care). We’re happy to report that this story has been picked up by several mainstream media outlets and most of the coverage has been supportive of our efforts.
However, the Orange County Register published an article that includes factually inaccurate information. The article says that, “At Disneyland, most pardoned turkeys have lived for more than a year.”
Not true. While the public record is incomplete, information gathered from news reports shows that at least half of all turkeys sent to Disney have died within one year.
One thing the article does pin down with accuracy is that “Normally, turkeys raised for eating only live about 18 weeks.” The rescued turkeys at Farm Sanctuary, however, typically live comfortably and happily for four to seven years because of the expert care we are able to give them.
The article includes a poll for readers to fill out: “Should the pardoned turkeys live at Disneyland?” The possible answers include: “Yes, it’s the happiest place on earth;” “No, they should live at a shelter;” “Obama shouldn’t pardon turkeys;” and “Who cares where they live?”
At the moment, the results are not in our favor. So, please take a moment to vote (the poll is at the bottom of the article), and then post a comment saying that the true happiest place on earth for farm animals is Farm Sanctuary. Also read more about the truth behind turkey production.