Pardon My Turkey

Thanksgiving is only a few days away. Kicking it here on the high rise in the middle of the other City of Angels, and working hard *ahem*, I came across the news about President George W. Bush pardoning the turkeys.

Every year, the President of the US pardons a turkey or two. This year, two turkeys are not only pardoned, but the lucky turkeys will be shipped off to marshal the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disneyland.

Not one. But two. Oh wow!

All of the nearly 50,000 turkeys to be served up in homes across this great land, 2 are pardoned. Good for you, Marshmellow and Yam.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which in the past has been critical because presidential turkeys have been sent to a working farm rather than an animal sanctuary.

Why am I bringing up turkey on THAI-blogs? It’s the presidential pardoning of the turkey that get me thinking.

My memory is a little foggy amidst the low fever and antibiotics, but folks, do jump in and help me clarify this if I’m wrong in anyway about this part.

I believe for the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand, the King pardons a large number of cows, oxen, and buffalos. (I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty certain the number of animals is some kind of an auspicious ones, say, 999.) These livestocks are then given to farmers throughout the land who will take an oath to never kill the animal for meat. These cows and oxen will be working on the farm, providing milk and baby cows, and not fillet mignons.

The King is not just showing mercy on the lives of the poor animals, but to his people as well.

And I’m sure there will not be any beef in the King’s diet on such an auspicious day.

Doesn’t that make more sense that sending 2 turkeys to Disneyland? And the President still has turkey for Thanksgiving.

Just a random thought for the day. Gobble, gobble, y’all!

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