Democracy and Bloodlust Meet in This Year's Turkey Pardoning Ritual

When I first came across the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning website sponsored by the White House, I thought, "This is a pageant of bloodlust that illustrates the brutality lurking within the heart of every man, woman and child." Then I saw that both will be saved — but, still, it feels pretty dystopian to save and… » 11/26/13 1:50pm 11/26/13 1:50pm

Officials Raid Turkey Semen Farm To Investigate Animal Cruelty

Shockingly, a "turkey semen collection facility" is not the kind of place you want to be — especially if you're a turkey. A North Carolina semen-farm owned by Butterball was raided today after hidden-camera video taken by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals showed workers kicking, stomping, and dragging the… » 12/29/11 7:00pm 12/29/11 7:00pm

Obama Pardons Set Of Turkeys Named 'Liberty' And 'Peace'

"Some of you may know that recently I've been taking a series of executive actions that don't require congressional approval," quipped our President during his speech before he pardoned two Minnesotan turkeys named Peace and Liberty earlier this morning. Sasha and Malia were on hand for the festive pardoning as… » 11/23/11 12:40pm 11/23/11 12:40pm

Happy Holidays, Sarah Palin: Animal Rights Are In The News

When you're a failed VP candidate trying to look like a competent governor while also shoring up your potential presidential ambitions, it's essential to orchestrate some good holiday photo ops. Like maybe adorably pardoning a turkey — and then blithely answering questions while more turkeys get slaughtered directly… » 11/21/08 2:20pm 11/21/08 2:20pm