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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


May 26, 2018 Geraldine Sharo
May 26, 2018 Dorothy Walker
May 26, 2018 Carol Costello
May 26, 2018 H N Southerland
May 25, 2018 Jessie Osborne
May 25, 2018 Cindy Bassar
May 25, 2018 Alina Szostak
May 25, 2018 Jenelle Back -Sercombe
May 25, 2018 Diane Kelley Is there no end to human cruelty? This is disgusting and ignorant and must end!
May 25, 2018 Stephanie Spiers
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 Ronald Wolniewicz This might have started from the old tv show WKRP in Cincinnati. They were confused and they even realized in the end it was wrong.
May 25, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 25, 2018 kristi ellenberger
May 25, 2018 susan Dombrowski
May 25, 2018 Jacqueline Godbout
May 24, 2018 Debbie Wagner Turkeys have feelings and fear! Stop this horrible practice!
May 23, 2018 Catherine Kisluk What the world is wrong with you people? Your torture and abuse living creatures for fun? Absolutely disgusting!!! Iā€™d like to drop you from a plane! PLEASE STOP!!!
May 23, 2018 theresa Missant
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
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 šŸ’œšŸ¦ƒ

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