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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


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
May 21, 2018 Amanda Pannone
May 17, 2018 M T
May 17, 2018 Mary Towers
May 17, 2018 Clare Paskiet
May 16, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden Anyone who thinks this is entertaining need to 're-evaluate their lives and get some mental therapy
May 15, 2018 Kelly Rogers
May 14, 2018 Mary Vitro
May 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 laura Haworth
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 23, 2018 Paola Carbé
Apr 22, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Sylvie Renaudot
Apr 14, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 Darlene Barton
Apr 10, 2018 Rosanne Anderson
Apr 6, 2018 Barbara Beierl
Apr 6, 2018 Chris White
Apr 5, 2018 M Hynes
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 Darrin Bower
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 5, 2018 David Young
Apr 5, 2018 Tilly Hancock

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