President Biden , Takes Part in , Annual Turkey Pardon. President Biden , Takes Part in , Annual Turkey Pardon. 'The Independent' reports that United States President Joe Biden recently took part in one of the country's more bizarre presidential traditions: the annual turkey pardon. 'The Independent' reports that United States President Joe Biden recently took part in one of the country's more bizarre presidential traditions: the annual turkey pardon. Ahead of Thanksgiving every year, the president pardons a turkey, sparing it from the fate that millions of turkeys face in annual celebrations. Ahead of Thanksgiving every year, the president pardons a turkey, sparing it from the fate that millions of turkeys face in annual celebrations. This year, Biden pardoned two turkeys, Chocolate and Chip. CNN originally reported that the two birds were raised by National Turkey Foundation (NTF) chairman Ronnie Parker. CNN originally reported that the two birds were raised by National Turkey Foundation (NTF) chairman Ronnie Parker. Earlier in the weekend, the turkeys arrived in Washington D.C. where they spent the night in at the Willard Hotel. Earlier in the weekend, the turkeys arrived in Washington D.C. where they spent the night in at the Willard Hotel. According to 'The Independent,' American presidents have received turkeys as Thanksgiving gift since the 1870s, while the official tradition began in 1947. Ronald Reagan was the first president to spare the turkey, choosing to send it to a petting zoo or farm rather than eat it. Ronald Reagan was the first president to spare the turkey, choosing to send it to a petting zoo or farm rather than eat it. However, the annual pardon tradition was formally accepted under George HW Bush, who pardoned the turkey in response to protesting animal rights activists. However, the annual pardon tradition was formally accepted under George HW Bush, who pardoned the turkey in response to protesting animal rights activists. 'The Independent' reports that this year's pardoned birds will be retired to a new home on Iowa State University's campus. The turkeys will reportedly spend the rest of their lives in comfort, provided with clean bedding, heat, food and water in an indoor pavilion. The turkeys will reportedly spend the rest of their lives in comfort, provided with clean bedding, heat, food and water in an indoor pavilion

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