Branstad spares 2 turkeys as part of annual pardon

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has spared two turkeys named Carmel and Apple as part of the annual Thanksgiving pardon.

Branstad granted the reprieve during a ceremony Monday at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and officials with the Iowa Turkey Federation were in attendance.

Carmel, a hen, and Apple, a tom, walked around freely as Branstad delivered the pardon. They will be sent to Living History Farms in Urbandale.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1i97nkg ) Branstad has pardoned two turkeys each November that he’s been in office. Monday marked his 19th year of clemency to a set of birds.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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