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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


Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Nan Newall
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 15, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 15, 2018 Joan Parsley ONLY when abusing animals in the name of "entertainment" stops will this nation be on the road to recovery from its very violent history. Arkansas deserves better. Do the right thing and stop this practice now.
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Buckley
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Lucia Opet This Is So Mean And Cruel Peolple Who Did this Will Go To Hell!!!
Apr 14, 2018 pat rollo
Apr 14, 2018 Jamie Daniels
Apr 14, 2018 Robin Kreiner
Apr 14, 2018 SANDRA NOTI
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Fish
Apr 13, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Vandenassem Who in their right mind sees this as acceptable and entertaining?? Definitely animal abuse and should be treated as such.
Apr 13, 2018 Racquel Colinares
Apr 13, 2018 Sheryl Precopia
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Jessica McCormick
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Maros Victoria
Apr 13, 2018 Nora Fagen
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Karen Brown
Apr 13, 2018 Stacey Mcbride
Apr 13, 2018 Glenda Kelly
Apr 13, 2018 Dawn Beuth
Apr 13, 2018 Linda Jungman
Apr 13, 2018 Gina Hernandez
Apr 12, 2018 Amy Garza
Apr 12, 2018 Kim DelMonico
Apr 11, 2018 Janie Anderson BARBARIC AND CRUEL I THINK WE SHOULD THRO ONE OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS HORRENDOUS ACT OUT OF A PLANE
Apr 11, 2018 Eileen Matton
Apr 11, 2018 Brent Pennell
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Anna Stopka
Apr 9, 2018 Rebecca Mierke
Apr 9, 2018 Jackie Byrd
Apr 8, 2018 Pam Miller
Apr 7, 2018 carol micek
Apr 7, 2018 Sue Green
Apr 7, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Apr 7, 2018 m pounds Unbelievable!!!!!!
Apr 7, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Apr 7, 2018 Ruth Ann Sforza
Apr 7, 2018 Sue DiCocco
Apr 7, 2018 Tasha Chenoweth

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