Assemblyman Outraged at the Actions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s in Response to Haddon Height’s Celebrity Turkey “Glenny”
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem) expressed serious concern of the handling of the wild turkey adored by residents and the students of Glenwood Elementary School:
“Swooping in and confiscating the wildlife who displayed no signs of illness or disease, according to the sanctuary that took it in, showed no regard to the students and residents who had come to care for the turkey and helped find it a home.
“There were many other options the U.S. Department of Agriculture could have exercised instead of killing “Glenny.” At the very least, it could have been quarantined and tested to ensure it was not a threat to other wildlife. Euthanizing an animal should be the last resort. It was an insensitive act in the eyes of the children and the residents who grew attached to Glenny.
“There were children watching. And for that, how they handle these unique cases and the policies governing these matters have to be reviewed. The residents of Haddon Heights deserve a better explanation, a better reason for their actions.”