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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,

Petition Signatures


Aug 17, 2018 Jill Yamada
Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 loredana paba
Aug 15, 2018 Danielle Stidham
Aug 14, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Aug 14, 2018 Nena Taber
Aug 14, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
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Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 14, 2018 Joyce Bono
Aug 13, 2018 Caroline Andreasson
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Nadini Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 michelle ponton
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Virginia Lawson
Aug 13, 2018 sylvia Vielma
Aug 13, 2018 Alan Kohn
Aug 13, 2018 Barbara Parry
Aug 13, 2018 Joseph Ambat
Aug 13, 2018 Kim Welch Please stop this ridiculously barbaric practice of throwing turkeys from planes. This activity shows how BACKWARDS & how HILLBILLY Arkansans are. It confirms to the rest of the Nation that Arkansas has not progressed to the year 2018. Unacceptable.
Aug 13, 2018 Penny Duke
Aug 13, 2018 Stephanie Wood BARBARIANS, STOP NOW!
Aug 13, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 10, 2018 graciela somma
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 5, 2018 Sharol Huckaba-Paiz
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 4, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Xiomara Somarriba
Aug 2, 2018 Janet Roberts What is wrong with people today?! There is nothing that could explain how anyone would find such stupidity and cruelty amusing!
Aug 2, 2018 Michelle Stewart
Aug 2, 2018 Laurie Loveman
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Melissa Kalt How are we being called upon to sign a petition about this!
Aug 1, 2018 Elva Granat
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 Deborah Kerns
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Lucia Flakus
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke

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