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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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Sep 22, 2017 Paola Moretti
Sep 22, 2017 Rachel Doyle
Sep 22, 2017 Marti Worth Ignorant people do ignorant, destructive things.
Sep 22, 2017 Lauren Kessler
Sep 22, 2017 Cristina RODRIGUEZ
Sep 21, 2017 Kat Klahn
Sep 19, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 18, 2017 Karen Moore
Sep 18, 2017 Emily Roth
Sep 18, 2017 Sandra Marciante
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 10, 2017 Marie Yans
Sep 10, 2017 Sandra McLeod
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Sep 6, 2017 Cathy Janacua
Sep 6, 2017 Carol BECK
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Sep 4, 2017 Karen Lindstrom It is difficult for me to understand people who would find this entertainment.
Sep 3, 2017 Karen Rubino
Sep 2, 2017 Gemma Smith
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Sep 1, 2017 Rebecca Gurley
Aug 31, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Aug 31, 2017 Nellie Medlin
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
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Aug 31, 2017 Kim Hanke
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Aug 24, 2017 Tanya Lenn
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Aug 22, 2017 Donna Gregory
Aug 22, 2017 Ona Youmans
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Soden
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird
Aug 20, 2017 lynn lawrence
Aug 20, 2017 Joan Walton
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 17, 2017 April Minor Very disturbing
Aug 16, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 15, 2017 Penny Fleischman Seriously Sick!
Aug 15, 2017 Kathleen Murray
Aug 13, 2017 Janet Magdaleno

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