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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


Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 21, 2018 Susan laube
Feb 21, 2018 Rochelle Phillips
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
Feb 20, 2018 jane leavitt
Feb 20, 2018 dana neurohr POINTLESS CRUELTY!!! STOP IT!!!
Feb 19, 2018 Traci Moreno
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Sharon Cohen Sick and Evil!
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Christine Geise
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 kathy mcnally
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 17, 2018 Bonnie Selke
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Kristine Renick
Feb 15, 2018 LINDA LAYMAN
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Feb 14, 2018 Carol Felicello
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 14, 2018 Dawn Bundschuh
Feb 13, 2018 M L
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 carla bond
Feb 12, 2018 Lee Michales
Feb 12, 2018 Vatrina Faudree
Feb 11, 2018 Brenda Key This is a barbaric act and it is so sad that human beings can be so cruel.
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad Throw these inhumane sobs from a plane, let them experience the horror
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 H. M. Sustaita
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Elise Evans
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2018 Dana Monroe
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
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Jan 27, 2018 anne marie benechet
Jan 24, 2018 Lens Lucas
Jan 23, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Jan 21, 2018 Christopher Lang
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen

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