President Trump pardons a turkey at the White House as annual tradition

  • President Trump pardons a turkey at the White House as annual tradition

President Trump pardons a turkey at the White House as annual tradition

"Today's lucky bird and guest of honor is named Peas", Mr. Trump said at the Rose Garden event.

Peas was selected for the pardon in an online election conducted on the White House website.

The turkey pardon takes place at 1 the White House Rose Garden, and can be watched in the player above. Carrots, I'm sorry to tell you the result did not change.

Although only one turkey will be pardoned, both turkeys will get to live out the rest of their days at Virginia Tech's "Gobblers Rest" exhibit in Blacksburg, Virginia. "Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we're still fighting with Carrots".

According to CNN, the turkey pardon has hard origins to pinpoint, with rumors going all the way back to the Lincoln administration when his young son allegedly begged the President to spare the pet turkey that was designated for the slaughterhouse.

PETA uses the moment for some cheeky humor by suggesting the turkeys could theoretically be charged with drug crimes for all the "growth hormones and antibiotics that farms pump into these birds during the few short months of their lives".

"When we started we had 50 of them and then we worked with them to see which ones were nicer, not as aggressive, we've kind of trained them to sit on a table and usually if you put your hand softly on their back it calms them and they'll be really calm, we hope, and we train them to kind of gobble sometimes", National Turkey Federation Chairman Jeff Sveen told ABC News.

The polls are open for Americans to vote for which turkey will be named the National Thanksgiving Turkey and get the official presidential pardon. "I've never seen such a attractive turkey", Trump said as he marked the occasion on Tuesday, working in a joke about Carrots contesting the result.

The tradition of the president pardoning a turkey can be traced back as far as President Abraham Lincoln, who spared a turkey from becoming the family's Christmas meal at the intervention of his son.

At the ceremony, Trump called out humans too, including South Dakota's governor-elect Kristi Noem and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), who just won her GOP House leadership race.