As a quick guide to names and places, this year's Turkey and backup were called Flyer and Fryer. Last year it was Marshmallow and Yam who got the royal treatment. Frying Pan Park, a working farm in Virgina, was the place pardoned Turkeys used to go and live until last year when they went to Disneyland.
PETA is the organization that was mad about Frying Pan Park, from last year's Orange County Register:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which in the past has been critical because presidential turkeys have been sent to a working farm, praised the decision to send them to Disneyland.
"I don't suppose we could have asked for better than Disneyland and Southern California," said Bruce Friedrich of PETA. "They'll have mental and physical stimulation as well as proper care and a nice climate."
Turkeys on a working farm? That is so much crueler then the fate of the millions of other birds that were killed for Thanksgiving.
I am reminded of the West Wing episode where two Turkeys who are sent to the White House and only one of them would be pardoned. The President points out he has no Constitutional power to pardon a Turkey, then drafts the Turkey into the Army.