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No happy ending for brother of soon-to-be-pardoned turkey

Nov. 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM   |   Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association said the brother of the turkey scheduled for a Thanksgiving pardon will not share his sibling's fate.

The brother of the bird chosen as the National Thanksgiving Turkey, an as-yet unnamed bird scheduled to be pardoned by President Barack Obama as part of a Thanksgiving tradition, made a visit Tuesday to a fourth-grade class at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School in St. Paul alongside Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.

Olson said the fowl, raised at John Burkel's turkey farm in far northwestern Minnesota, will meet with Gov. Mark Dayton Monday along with another member of the "Presidential Flock," but the turkeys will not share the happy ending of the turkey chosen to be pardoned the day before Thanksgiving.

"They will not be pardoned; they will be processed," Olson said. "We're in the business of feeding people."

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