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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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Aug 14, 2018 Kimberly Boden
Aug 13, 2018 DAVID ORTIZ
Aug 12, 2018 Linda Tabb
Aug 12, 2018 Lesley Bolton
Aug 11, 2018 Judy johnston
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 5, 2018 Mike Anderson
Aug 4, 2018 Karen Wilkinson
Aug 4, 2018 jeanie friedman
Aug 3, 2018 Elva Munro
Aug 3, 2018 Marilyn Childers This is a shameful event on the entire state of Arkansas.
Aug 3, 2018 Bari Bowles
Aug 3, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Aug 3, 2018 Jeanie Meyer
Aug 3, 2018 Lois Ball
Aug 3, 2018 James Williams
Aug 2, 2018 Beverly Rodigo
Aug 2, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Aug 2, 2018 Soňa Vokurková
Aug 2, 2018 Sunny Marling
Aug 2, 2018 Lubna Saied
Aug 2, 2018 Ani Wangmo
Aug 2, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Aug 2, 2018 Jo-Anne Monahan
Aug 2, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Aug 2, 2018 Valéria Cecília Di Dib
Aug 2, 2018 Shawn Grause
Aug 2, 2018 s ralph
Jul 31, 2018 Sally Wynn
Jul 30, 2018 Misti Kane
Jul 29, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 Aida Ruiz
Jul 28, 2018 Marleen Neus
Jul 27, 2018 S Sinclaire What the hell. This is NOT ENTERTAINMENT. It is clearly Abuse, Torture and uncalled for. Stop it now.
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

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