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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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Dec 13, 2017 Cartotto Danielle
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 11, 2017 Elena Palka
Dec 11, 2017 Mariam Trubitsyn
Dec 11, 2017 Erica Connolly
Dec 3, 2017 Maria Underwood
Dec 3, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
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Nov 28, 2017 Dorothy Dagnall
Nov 27, 2017 Rebecca Morrison
Nov 27, 2017 Diane Webster
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Nov 25, 2017 Chloe Balvin
Nov 24, 2017 Brenda Evans
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 23, 2017 Amanda Prince this Turkey Trot practice is unfathomably barbaric :( Humans can be so sickening
Nov 23, 2017 Julie Rivers This is horrific and certainly doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. It needs to stop.
Nov 22, 2017 jen deman
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Joan Heezen
Nov 22, 2017 Norma Herfurth
Nov 22, 2017 Sister Clara Schroeder HORRIBLE! What is the human race becoming? End this barbarism immediately!
Nov 22, 2017 Patricia Weidner
Nov 22, 2017 Siara Lara
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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Nov 21, 2017 Brenda Rule I always wondered why Arkansas is the butt of jokes about inbreeding degenerates. I wonder no more.
Nov 21, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Nov 21, 2017 Mary Tagliarino This is a sick practice and must change! Does this so called tradition represent the character of the people of Arkansas??!
Nov 21, 2017 Karen Baker
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Sick and cruel, maybe people should be tossed out of planes
Nov 21, 2017 Joanne Paradise
Nov 21, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Nov 21, 2017 Randi Guthrie What is becoming of the human race, How can you find this entertaining???
Nov 21, 2017 Robin Romaine no way should this happen
Nov 21, 2017 namita dalal
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Regina Milione
Nov 21, 2017 Patty Taylor
Nov 21, 2017 Angela Ridolfo

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