Thanksgiving Turkeys Eligible for Presidential Pardon Introduced in Washington

The National Turkey Federation introduced the two turkeys eligible to be pardoned by President Joe Biden on Thursday, November 18, in Washington, DC, the day before the White House’s annual Thanksgiving-turkey-pardoning ceremony.

The male turkeys, named Peanut Butter and Jelly, came from Jasper, Indiana, and each weigh about 40 pounds, the federation said. Both birds will be spared the chopping block, and are scheduled to spend the rest of their lives at Indiana’s Purdue University.

Despite a long history of public interest in Thanksgiving turkeys at the White House, the pardoning tradition was formalized by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, the White House said. Credit: National Turkey Federation via Storyful

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