There is at least one butter lamb in Buffalo that will not be going under the knife this Easter. Butter sculptures in the shape of a lamb are a traditional part of Easter meals among the New York town's large Polish-American population.

Local official Mark Poloncarz went to Buffalo's Broadway Market to "pardon" a butter lamb from its traditional duties on tables throughout the area over Easter, much in the way US presidents issue pardons for a turkey before Thanksgiving.

Polish immigrants brought the butter lamb tradition with them when they came to America and settled in large numbers in upstate New York cities such as Buffalo.