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URGENT, please send sample letter opposing “Turkey Drop”: live turkeys dropped from planes

October 6, 2011


In Yellville, Arkansas, the annual tradition of hurling live turkeys to their deaths from airplanes was stopped this year because of Federal Aviation Administration scrutiny and public outrage. 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 those responsible for the “Turkey Drop” 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.


On October 7 and 8, the city of Yellville is holding its annual Turkey Trot Festival, during which wild turkeys — who typically fly only short distances, rarely reaching 100 feet — are hurled from private planes traveling around 70 miles per hour at altitudes of approximately 1,000 feet as part of the “Turkey Drop” tradition. 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. City officials declare that this isn’t sanctioned by the festival, yet it continues year after year. Video footage of the 2010 Turkey Drop can be viewed below.

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.” PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone directly involved in this activity. But we need your voice!

Please politely urge officials to do everything in their power to end this cruel and illegal act.


The Honorable Shawn Lane
Mayor of the City of Yellville
Yellville City Hall
Phone: 870-449-6581
Emails: ,


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.

Please, 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 and consideration.


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dropping turkeys from a plane
is this for real, it is beyond
this must be abolished
do not permit
no living being should
have to endure
this sh*t!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2011 1:20 pm

    dropping turkeys from a plane
    is this for real, it is beyond
    this must be abolished
    do not permit
    no living being should
    have to endure
    this sh*t!!!!


  2. October 6, 2011 1:25 pm

    I know years ago they had an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where they did a turkey drop unaware of the fact that turkeys don’t fly. Knowingly doing this is just sick. I hope they get information of the cretins who do this and they are prosecuted. Although after reading the comments from the city it doesn’t sound as if they are too interested in catching the perpetrators of this cruelty.


    October 6, 2011 1:32 pm



  4. motheroftheimpaler permalink
    October 6, 2011 6:43 pm

    Sent an email to Yellville..thank god for the web…no longer will small town killing sports go unnoticed and hidden from view…thanks for the heads up!


  5. Carlos Mucino permalink
    October 6, 2011 8:36 pm

    They are also violating FAA federal laws of aviation / Punishment for this cruel people, respect the living creatures!


  6. October 7, 2011 2:12 am

    just not possibel to have a mind that creates something as cruel and stupid!!! stop them!!!!


  7. linda badham permalink
    October 7, 2011 5:29 am



  8. Amy permalink
    October 7, 2011 9:04 am

    I am from this crazy small town. They have been doing this forever – at least the 30 years I can remember. One year they were pressured to stop and tossed frozen turkeys out of the plane. Soooo much smarter. There is a reason I don’t live here anymore. It is a horrible, barbaric event and I never went when I did live there. Shame on them.


  9. October 7, 2011 3:29 pm

    just plain sick


  10. October 7, 2011 7:32 pm

    Lowlife redneck hillbilly scum, I cannot believe this is happening in an American city, my god you people are scum of the lowest order, you make me feel ashamed of being an american, normal people do not do this kind of thing, I swear, your brains must have been inbred back to before we evolved from the first bacteria out of the sea!


  11. carol permalink
    October 9, 2011 5:30 am

    I find it hard to believe that in America there are such events and such stupid unevolved people who actually think it’s fun to do such a thing. This town must have a combined intelligence rating of 10.


  12. October 11, 2011 9:07 am

    Phantom Pilot a no-show, no turkeys drop in Yellville
    YELLVILLE — Fans of The Phantom Pilot and the turkey drop got excited in downtown Yellville late Saturday afternoon during the 66th annual Turkey Trot festival when a small plane circled overhead. The excitement was short-lived as the plane left the area without dropping any turkeys.



  13. annn permalink
    October 12, 2011 11:23 am

    isnt it illegal to drop thigns from planes?


  14. December 11, 2011 6:03 pm

    I say… Let’s drop these “people” and see how well they fair… no cheating, no parachute!


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