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McCartney Urges Americans to Celebrate a Turkey-free Thanksgiving

by Sheela Philomena on  November 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Former Beatle Paul McCartney has teamed up with animal rights group PETA urging people not to eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

The British rock legend, sporting a gray shirt with an "eat no turkey" design, is featured on the website of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
 McCartney Urges Americans to Celebrate a Turkey-free Thanksgiving
McCartney Urges Americans to Celebrate a Turkey-free Thanksgiving
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"This Thanksgiving, Paul McCartney is urging you to say 'no, thanks' to turkey and 'yes' to a delicious, cruelty-free holiday meal," the group says.

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More than 45 million turkeys will make their way onto American dinner tables on Thursday, and another 22 million are consumed at Christmas, according to PETA.

Each year, US presidents grant a pardon to one or two turkeys -- a tradition that only dates back to president George Bush in 1989, even though Thanksgiving was first celebrated by pilgrims who fled religious persecution in England.

The pardoned birds spend their golden years on George Washington's estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Source: AFP
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