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URGENT: Call for End to Yellville’s Sadistic ‘Turkey Drop’

September 18, 2012
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UPDATE | 10-15-2012

For the second year in a row, the tradition in Yellville, Arkansas, of hurling live turkeys to their deaths from airplanes was stopped. Thank you to everyone who spoke out against this event, especially the countless Arkansas residents who made themselves heard. PETA’s reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of “turkey drop” participants stands. Please know that we will push for a vigorous prosecution of anyone directly involved in future incidents as well as revocation of his or her pilot’s license.




BACKGROUND

On October 12 and 13, the city of Yellville is holding its annual Turkey Trot Festival, during which an illegal event known as the “Turkey Drop” historically takes place. This event involves the hurling of wild turkeys—who typically fly only short distances, rarely reaching 100 feet high—from private planes traveling around 70 miles per hour and at altitudes of around 1,000 feet! Disoriented and unable to right themselves, most birds plummet like bricks, fatally crashing onto buildings, cars, and the street. Those with wind under their wings careen at extreme speeds into the landscape.

This event violates Arkansas anti-cruelty laws which state that “a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals if he or she knowingly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment” as well as the Federal Aviation Administration Code which states that “[n]o pilot in command of a civil aircraft may allow any object to be dropped from that aircraft in flight that creates a hazard to persons or property.” PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of direct participants, and we need your voice!   (The event did not take place during the 2011 year.)


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please politely urge officials to do everything in their power to put an end to this cruel event, and then forward this alert widely!

The Honorable Shawn Lane
Mayor of Yellville
clerk@yellville.net

Yellville City Hall
870-449-6581
http://www.yellvilleweb.com/city.htm


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Honorable Lane,

I have just learned of the annual “Turkey Drop” during which live turkeys are tossed from planes, and I am writing to respectfully request this event be cancelled due to its inherent cruelty as well as its illegal content consistent with the below statute and also based on FAA rules.

Please allow me to elaborate. Are you aware of the brutality inflicted on animals for this cruel “tradition”? Turkeys are dropped from planes, condemned to a torturous and excruciating ceremony for citizen fun: indeed, this is a clear case of illegal violence and abuse as these animals are being exploited in the worst manner possible. Is the ruthless destruction of animals a mere manifestation of social greed and cheap entertainment? Surely when you support such violence against innocent animals via apathy you indeed allow indifference and cruelty to permeate our society and tarnish your image.

Furthermore, the Turkey Drop clearly violates Arkansas law (§5-62-103), which states that “a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals if he or she knowingly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment.” This event also proves potentially dangerous to people on the ground as well when these gentle, frightened creatures are hurled over homes, businesses, and busy streets.

I implore upon you to act swiftly and responsibly by discontinuing any relationship you maintain relative to the Turkey Drop and use all available and legal resources to make certain the Turkey Drop does not occur. Regrettably, until such a time, however, I feel my only recourse is to promote a boycott of your city and state and share this alarming news with others. Please, I ask respectfully for you to be a model of empathy and condemn the Turkey Drop and demonstrate that yours is a compassionate city that will not enable or support this brutality against turkeys.

I know your time is limited, and I want to thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

NAME


VIDEO FOOTAGE



when will manunkind realize
that cruelties such as this
turkey drop,
are beyond evil and sadistic
and have to stop!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


13 Comments leave one →
  1. linda badham permalink
    September 18, 2012 4:15 pm

    THIS WORLD GETS SICKER BY THE DAY WHEN IT COMES TO THE ABUSE OF ANIMALS !!! NO WONDER THE WORLDS IN A MESS WITH ALL THESE CRAZY ROTTEN PEOPLE !!!

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    • September 18, 2012 8:05 pm

      And to think that people celebrate when doing this! Crazy is right!

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  2. September 18, 2012 6:14 pm

    Emails sent thanks Stacey ive never heard anything like this disgusting great poem Karen i loveit!!!

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    • September 18, 2012 8:06 pm

      Thank you so much for your help, Florence, there really seems to be no limit, right?

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    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      September 21, 2012 3:16 am

      thank you florence!

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  3. Fairy Dogmother permalink
    September 18, 2012 6:47 pm

    WHITE TRASH enjoys kicking turkeys out of a plane?! IDIOCRACY!!

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  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 19, 2012 3:18 am

    when will manunkind realize
    that cruelties such as this
    turkey drop,
    are beyond evil and sadistic
    and have to stop!!!!

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  5. September 19, 2012 6:04 am

    The disgust and hatred I feel for such freaks of nature (what else can you call them?) is really getting out of control-thank God I’m not crazy enough (yet) to do something about it

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  6. September 30, 2012 9:00 am

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE and commented:
    This is despicable, how sadistic one must be to take delight in any animals pain & death??

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  7. Jessica permalink
    October 15, 2012 9:42 am

    Hmm… I have wild turkeys all over my property and they fly way higher than 100 ft. I watched several videos on this now and the plane is flying very low… maybe 150… it’s a biplane… crop duster size. The turkeys we have roost a good 80ft up in the poplars and russian olive trees. When the babies first take flight they often bounce right off the ground… they aren’t like a tom you’d see at a petting zoo… they fly really well…

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    • lindabadham permalink
      October 15, 2012 12:12 pm

      WELL MAYBE JESSICA, BUT THATS NATURAL TO THEM ! TO DROP THEM FROM A PLANE IS NOT!

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      • Stacey permalink*
        October 15, 2012 8:47 pm

        I agree, thanks, Linda. Good news, though, the “event” was cancelled for a second year in a row.

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