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"Washington -- Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious.

Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird."

The turkeys we eat at Thanksgiving are nothing like the wild turkeys we see in the wild. They are selected for size and weight gain (feed conversion ratio) and appetite and breast size and are not designed to stand on their legs for too long and they are just generally pathologically genetically screwed up.

They aren't designed to live a long time. They are designed to put on weight and grow as fast as possible. ~ 1 lb of weight gain for every 2 pounds of feed they eat.

Broad Breasted White Turkeys Are Not A Qualified Breed : Rainbow ...
Jan 27, 2011 – The Broad-breasted White turkey is a commercial strain of turkey and ... to body weight gained (called the feed conversion ratio) is around 2:1.

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