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story.lead_photo.caption John Burkel of the National Turkey Federation in Badger, Minn., on Wednesday presents Popcorn to President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia (right) and Sasha at a White House pardoning ceremony. - Photo by AP / CAROLYN KASTER

Standing just out of the sleet, beneath the White House’s north portico Wednesday, President Barack Obama cleared two turkeys for life on a Virginia farm, rather than death on a dinner table.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 11/28/2013

Print Headline: Obama turkey pardon plays ‘Free Bird’ for 2

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  • karen11290852
    November 29, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

    Thank you for including our advocacy for turkeys at the White House in your article. United Poultry Concerns has promoted compassion and respect for turkeys and chickens (all animals!) since we started in 1990. Turkeys are intelligent and emotional birds who suffer horribly and needlessly for the holidays and all year round. I meet more and more Americans who say they want nothing more to do with animal cruelty to give thanks for their blessings. The message of turkeys is: "Don't Gobble Me! Please be Kind to Turkeys. Don't Eat Us." We urge people to heed their plea. Thank you, Karen Davis, President, United Poultry Concerns.