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On October 11 and 12, the city of Yellville, Arkansas, is holding its annual Turkey Trot Festival, during which an illegal event known as the “Turkey Drop” historically takes place. In the past, this event has involved 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! Watch the video.
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.”
While no turkeys were dropped during the last two festivals, PETA continues to receive reports that unidentified pilots may resume doing so. Our reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of “Turkey Drop” participants stands.
The Honorable Shawn Lane
Mayor of Yellville
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