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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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Jul 22, 2018 G. Tompkins
Jul 22, 2018 Ulrike Kallisch
Jul 20, 2018 Veda Simpson
Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 Shai Albright
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 Christopher Clark
Jul 18, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Jul 5, 2018 David Newman
Jul 1, 2018 Ilona O'Beirne
Jun 30, 2018 Aileen Glynn
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Jun 29, 2018 Victoria Berrueco
Jun 29, 2018 JOHN Mercer
Jun 29, 2018 Gino Czaster
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 8, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 8, 2018 Joan Heezen
Jun 8, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
May 28, 2018 Maria Manzo What the fuck!!!
May 27, 2018 Jill Banta
May 25, 2018 Robin Blakesley
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May 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
May 23, 2018 Lori O'Dell
May 23, 2018 michelle dorado
May 23, 2018 Wendy Springstead
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Susie Warner
May 21, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 21, 2018 Fiona Kristoffersen
May 21, 2018 Donna Lampkin
May 21, 2018 Diane Parks
May 21, 2018 Claire Ford
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) My God Arkansas, Do you not have anything better to do with your time? Move to a 3rd world country where this is expected.
May 21, 2018 John Dalla
May 21, 2018 Gina Gagen
May 21, 2018 Natalie Gray
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 21, 2018 Gerri Elliott

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