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Kindly pardon a turkey

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This Thanksgiving, President Bush will pardon a turkey as a promotional gimmick for the turkey industry. This Thanksgiving, each of us has the same power to pardon a turkey — but as an act of kindness and compassion. The 300 million turkeys abused and slaughtered in the United States each year have nothing to give thanks for.

This Thanksgiving, I will be joining millions of other Americans in observing this joyful family holiday with nonviolent delicious products of the harvest: vegetables, fruits and grains. An Internet search on Vegetarian Thanksgiving provides more mail-order items and recipes than I'll ever need.

Solomon Fairchild

Salt Lake City