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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


Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 15, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 7, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Jan 7, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Dec 30, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2017 Betsy Ridge
Dec 19, 2017 Paul Valentine
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 Bégonia Gómez Pérez PÉTITION.MERCI DE SIGNER ET PARTAGER. RECOGIDA DE FIRMAS.GRACIAS POR LA TUYA Y POR COMPARTIR .OBRIGADA POR ASSINAR E COMPARTILHAR.GRAZIE PER FIRMARE ET DIVULGARE.THANKS FOR SIGNING AND SHARING.
Dec 15, 2017 Maria Simao
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins Not cute. Not funny. Try to evolve a little bit.
Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Dec 6, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Lane Herman This is just weird and gross.
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

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