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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


Nov 19, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 sarah weisberg
Nov 18, 2017 Judy Arnold
Nov 18, 2017 Jeanne Cambouris
Nov 18, 2017 Judi Kaleh
Nov 13, 2017 Geoffrey Frank
Nov 13, 2017 Dianna Brown
Nov 13, 2017 Brandi Mounts
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 12, 2017 Brian Cauchi A barbaric and senseless act which has to stop.
Nov 12, 2017 rita freeman
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Richard and Kim Rendigs Such cruelty, sick, sick, sick people of Arkansas-this abuse must end. Abuse of any living thing IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT!!!
Nov 12, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Sammarco
Nov 11, 2017 Simona Bergman
Nov 10, 2017 Sara Lerner
Nov 9, 2017 Simone Pugh
Nov 9, 2017 Deborah Caleb
Nov 9, 2017 eSTELA mORENO
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Marcia Tomka
Nov 7, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Nov 6, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Nov 6, 2017 Janet Shoemaker
Nov 4, 2017 Stacey Kennedy
Nov 4, 2017 Michael Mitsuda
Nov 4, 2017 Lindsay Miravalles
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 3, 2017 Kim Young
Nov 3, 2017 Peaches Weed
Nov 2, 2017 Elizabeth Wolff
Nov 2, 2017 Carol Halberstadt Don't sponsor this horrific abuse in Arkansas--throwing wild turkeys (once almost driven to extinction) from airplanes to suffer horrific stress and death is NOT entertainment!
Nov 2, 2017 Tracey Maunder
Nov 2, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 2, 2017 veronique Charvet
Nov 2, 2017 Carol Wellman
Nov 2, 2017 Karin Geens
Nov 1, 2017 Patricia Poole All you people in Arkansas and elsewhere to think it is cute to murder turkeys in this fashion or any other kind are a bunch of uneducated sick morons!!!!! You should be ashamed of yourselves. Get an education on how to treat animals!!!!!
Nov 1, 2017 Carolyn Smith
Nov 1, 2017 Michelle Cann
Nov 1, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak
Nov 1, 2017 Kandy Chewning
Oct 31, 2017 Beverly Linton
Oct 31, 2017 Casey Kaemerer
Oct 30, 2017 Steven Strode

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