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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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May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
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May 21, 2018 Elva Munro
May 21, 2018 Joan Winchester
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Marsha Brink
May 20, 2018 Patricia Nielsen
May 20, 2018 Sugar Bouche
May 20, 2018 karen wood
May 20, 2018 Elizabeth Pritchard
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Faye Harbottle This is totally horrific - a civilized country practicing unbelievable animal cruelty. I thought only the eastern countries were capable of this - and they mainly do it for food, not entertainment.
May 18, 2018 Donna Stubblefield
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
May 18, 2018 Sally Allen
May 18, 2018 Kim Korellis
May 18, 2018 Lori Arkin
May 18, 2018 Amy Smardz
May 18, 2018 Katie Neyens How about frozen turkeys?
May 18, 2018 J McDermott
May 18, 2018 Anna Ott
May 18, 2018 Lorna Soto
May 18, 2018 Sheila Pedraza I πŸ’œπŸ¦ƒ
May 17, 2018 faye munro
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 midori shintani
May 17, 2018 Sylvia Mills β€œThe greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
May 17, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 16, 2018 Penelope Allingham How can torturing animals be considered entertainment? Are the people of Arkansas just a bunch of ignorant red necks?
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Julie Strong Turkey's are not the nicest birds but they still should not be tortured
May 16, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Lillian Hall Why do you want to teach your children that cruelty to animas is acceptable?
May 15, 2018 Vicky Tang
May 15, 2018 Sarah Singer
May 15, 2018 Lisa Garbarino
May 15, 2018 bari bowles
May 15, 2018 Erica Munn
May 15, 2018 Sara Bechta
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