Celebrities including Billie Eilish, Ricky Gervais and Joaquin Phoenix have signed a petition asking President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE to release this year's "pardoned" Thanksgiving turkeys to an animal sanctuary.
“These turkeys are often sent to farms, petting zoos, and universities with poultry science programs, where they are likely not cared for as individuals with unique personalities, emotions, needs, and preferences,” says the petition started by Farm Sanctuary, an organization that rescues and provides refuge to farm animals at properties in Los Angeles and New York state.
"In what may be a presidential first, 'pardoned' turkeys will be more than a photo-op — they will be truly free," the organization said.
Others who have signed the petition include Rooney Mara, Dave Bautista, Mena Suvari, Margaret Cho, Natasha Lyonne, Alan Cumming, Sadie Sink and Mayim Bialik.
Eilish is known for being an avid vegan and animal rights activist. The pop singer made a deal with luxury fashion brand Oscar de la Renta to wear one of its dresses at the 2021 Met Gala if they would end the sale of fur. She also teamed up with Nike to create vegan Air Jordans.
Gervais has also been an advocate for animal rights. In September, he announced that he wrote a comic book, “Bullfight,” as part of a campaign that aims to “tackle both the climate and biodiversity crisis.” He teamed up with artist Rob Steento to protest the act of bullfighting and its treatment of bulls.
Phoenix has also shared support for animal rights. Last year, he used his Oscars acceptance speech to plea for the rights and protection of animals.