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In Yellville, Arkansas, the community celebration of the year is the annual Turkey Trot. The featured event is the "turkey drop" in which live turkeys are tossed from planes to waiting townspeople.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton told Arkansas Online, "Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful. In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse."

This fear reaction has caused many birds to plummet to their deaths after being hurled from the plane. Those turkeys who survive the shock of their deplaning must then contest with a massive, bloodthirsty crowd who will fight to capture the frightened animal before slaughtering it. Only a few lucky turkeys manage to glide away to safety and freedom.

It's unclear if the turkeys are wild or domesticated, but even if they are the wild, flying variety, turkeys are not high altitude fliers. Wild turkeys stay at an altitude of less than 100 feet. Five-hundred feet, the height required by the FAA, is far above a turkey's normal flight ceiling.

This public abuse and massacre of animals should not constitute legitimate fun or entertainment. There is no excuse for this barbarism.

Tell the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission to work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future. Don't turn a blind eye to those who attempt to pass off animal abuse entertainment!

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To the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission,

I am writing to you today to express my complete shock and disgust at learning about Yellville's annual "Turkey Trot" event, wherein the main attraction is the hurling of live turkeys from planes to waiting townspeople.

Local officials argue that because turkeys can fly, there is no abuse occurring, but that's a willfully ignorant position which ignores the fact that wild turkeys, if these are in fact wild turkeys, have an altitude ceiling of 100 feet.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton told Arkansas Online, "Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful. In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse."

This fear reaction has caused many birds to plummet to their deaths after being hurled from the plane. Those turkeys who survive the shock must then contest with a massive, bloodthirsty crowd who will fight to capture the frightened animal before slaughtering it. Only a few lucky turkeys manage to glide away to safety and freedom.

This public abuse and massacre of animals should not constitute legitimate fun or entertainment. There is no excuse for this barbarism.

Please, work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future. Don't turn a blind eye to those who attempt to pass off animal abuse entertainment!

Thank you,

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Jul 19, 2018 Laura McGhie This is cruel and ridiculous. Human beings just can't seem to respect and treat animals with compassion. To me the amusement or fun is totally absent. Grow up and lose the redneck mentality.
Jul 19, 2018 regula hess
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Margaret Earl Let's throw you from a plane and see how you like it!!
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName384173883805628 jmetetlastName370358329657096 jmeterComment7100
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName267296164645947 jmetetlastName622265708860627 jmeterComment4873
Jul 18, 2018 Julie Eversole
Jul 18, 2018 shirley cooksley
Jul 18, 2018 Janet Knowles
Jul 18, 2018 Sam Allen What a horrific abuse of living creatures who feel pain & fear. Please end this vile practice & stop the suffering caused to these poor birds!
Jul 18, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jul 18, 2018 Nancy Millhorn
Jul 17, 2018 David Sickles
Jul 17, 2018 Amie Harrison
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Peter Fell
Jul 17, 2018 Sherri Young
Jul 17, 2018 karen Moulder
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt Are you kidding me??
Jul 17, 2018 Shirley Dilbeck
Jul 17, 2018 Jean Diamond
Jul 17, 2018 Debbie Christner
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Kathy O'Malley
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret McAlister Hello what idiot invented this, and what idiot watches such an abomination to do this to a defenceless animal.
Jul 17, 2018 Cindy French
Jul 17, 2018 Elaine Coburn
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Christine Snyder
Jul 17, 2018 Colleen Adomaitis
Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Garretson
Jul 17, 2018 Karin Shaw
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Watkins
Jul 17, 2018 Robert Rogan
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 17, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 17, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 16, 2018 philippe TURPIN
Jul 16, 2018 Amy M. Let's see the people who came up with the idea and the people who do the deed, try flapping their arms, try it. Now that might be entertaining
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Deborah Voves
Jul 13, 2018 Glenys Rawdon

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