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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Grateful the turkey walks around after being pardoned for Thanksgiving by Gov. Gary Herbert during a ceremony on the Capitol grounds in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Grateful will live at the Thanksgiving Point bird refuge.

Grateful the turkey walks around after being pardoned for Thanksgiving by Gov. Gary Herbert outside the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Grateful, a 40-pound Tom turkey who was raised by the Tad and Sara Steadman family in Sanpete County, will live out his life at the Thanksgiving Point bird refuge in Lehi. According to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, the average Utahn consumes 17 pounds of turkey per year, and enough turkeys were raised in 2017 to supply each resident with 45 pounds of meat. Animal rights activists disrupted the event as Norbest CEO Matthew Cook was giving his prepared remarks. The governor's security detail quickly escorted the activist away.

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