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The real reason why U.S. Presidents pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving

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Mythmakers believe President Harry Truman began the tradition of ‘pardoning’ a turkey in 1948

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated across the U.S., Canada, and some Caribbean islands.

The day pays thanks for the blessing of the harvest and for the year ahead.

This year, President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys, Chocolate and Chip.

Chocolate and Chip were pardoned at the White House.

“It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition here at the White House.”

“There’s a lot to say about it, but it’s chilly outside, so I’m going to keep this short. Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold,” he said.

The tradition takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving day, which falls on 25 November this year.

Why do Presidents pardon turkeys?

In 1947, the start of the official turkey presentation from the poultry sector began.

While turkey pardoning was a sporadic event, in December 1948, President Harry Truman said the two turkeys he received would “come in handy”.

Traditional Thanksgiving meals include a turkey on the family dinner table. But some of them are pardoned by the U.S. President, which means they are not killed or eaten.

The University of Illinois estimates 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.

In addition, 22 million are consumed on Christmas and 19 million during Easter festivities.

While in office, President Donald Trump said “Thanksgiving is a time of great American traditions, and today we continue a very special one, when a lucky turkey gets a presidential pardon. That turkey is so lucky. I have never seen such a beautiful turkey.”

Across the U.S., turkey consumption has increased by 104 per cent since 1970.

“We can’t forget the reason for Thanksgiving in the first place. The pilgrims thought it was pretty important in tough times to come together and thank God, to be grateful for what we have.”

U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

The ceremony has come under fire in the past. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush sought to quell animal rights activists nearby.

“Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy—he’s granted a Presidential pardon as of right now—and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here,” he said.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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