Jimmy Carter’s Recent Injury Was Hunting Related

Ex-president hurt while on his way to hunt turkey, and PETA is not happy

“His main concern is that turkey season ends this week”

| Betsey Klein, May 16, 2019

CNN – Former President Jimmy Carter may have spent three days in the hospital, but the 94-year-old is expected to teach Sunday school at his beloved Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, this weekend.

Carter was released from the hospital Thursday morning, the Carter Center announced, and will continue to recuperate at home.

He was admitted Monday after a fall on his way to go turkey hunting, and later underwent a successful surgery at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

“He will undergo physical therapy, as part of his recovery from hip replacement surgery. President Carter plans to teach Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church this weekend,” the Carter Center said in a statement.

In March, Carter became the oldest-living former president in US history.

“President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the statement said. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year.” Read more. 

Jimmy Carter’s Turkey Hunting Ruffles PETA’s Feathers

Brent Scher, May 14, 2019

Free Beacon – Former President Jimmy Carter’s “main concern” after undergoing hip surgery was he’d fail to kill the maximum allowed number of turkeys this hunting season, a thought that earned him condemnation from animal-rights group PETA.

The Carter Center announced the injury on Monday, saying Carter fell as he was leaving to go turkey hunting.

“Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the statement said. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year.”

Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president, told the Washington Free Beacon it was “disappointing to learn” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate enjoys killing animals who “feel pain just as he does.”

“It’s disappointing to learn that Mr. Carter—a Nobel Peace Prize laureate—spends some of his free time killing turkeys, who feel fear and pain just as he does,” Newkirk said.

Newkirk also urged Carter to emerge from his surgery with a desire to help protect turkeys rather than continue to kill them.

“PETA urges the former president to oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview … ” Read more. 

Screenshot: The Washington Free Beacon (Wikimedia Commons, Getty Images)

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