David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama will be back at the White House on Wednesday for the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardoning -- though at least one prominent organization is objecting.
The animal rights group PETA is calling on Obama to cancel the turkey pardoning, calling it a "sorely outdated event" that "makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds and portrays the United States' president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry."
In a letter to Obama, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk writes: "This year, we encourage you to forgo this event, which so many Americans find offensive, and choose a delicious, healthy Tofurky roast for your family's holiday table. Thank you for your consideration. We wish you, your family, and all Americans a happy, violence-free Thanksgiving."
The appeal is unlikely to change Obama's schedule.
In fact, the White House is asking the public to help decide which of two nominees -- Cobbler or Gobbler -- should be named the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey.
From the White House website:
"Born on the same day on a farm in Rockingham Country, Virginia, Cobbler and Gobbler may look alike, but they're no birds of a feather. Cobbler craves cranberries, is known for his strut, and enjoys the musical stylings of Carly Simon. Gobbler, a patient but proud bird, loves to nibble on corn and enjoys any music with a fiddle.
"Which of two turkeys will be named the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey? Go to the White House Facebook page and "Like" and "share" their post to cast your vote. No matter what choice you make, both birds will enjoy a happy life at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens after the ceremony, but only one can be the National Thanksgiving Turkey."