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URGENT: Speak Out Against 'Turkey Drop'!

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.

Disoriented, 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.”

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.

Politely urge officials to do everything in their power to put an end to this cruel event!

The Honorable Shawn Lane
Mayor of Yellville
clerk@yellville.net
870-449-6581

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  • Profile photo of phillip

    636 days ago

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    Defies belief…!

  • Profile photo of Nato

    638 days ago

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    Shame SHAME on you people!!!!!!!!!

  • Profile photo of BunnyPanda

    640 days ago

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    This is so sad, I’ll deff. be pushing this issue to others as well

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    640 days ago

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    I do not understand the ‘getting points’ concept.

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    641 days ago

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    it is very cruel……!

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    641 days ago

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    @Chelsee you can just do what I do and use manycam to take a screenshot of your letter

  • Profile photo of chelsee

    993 days ago

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    Hello i am trying to get points for this because i sent a letter to clerk@yellville.net and now i’m trying to submit it on the get points button but it wants pictures. Im confused onto what picture it wants e to upload, HELP ME!!!:c

  • Profile photo of chelsee

    993 days ago

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    I remember when I was younger and I lived in Arkansas my dad and step mom were going to have me go to one of these things but I refused and could not understand why this was okay and called a “festival!!” It is so heart breaking D;

  • Profile photo of anarchopunk

    994 days ago

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    wow this people are really f***ed up: ( poor animals

  • Profile photo of petafelicia

    995 days ago

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    wtf..? seriously what is wrong with this world..

  • Profile photo of MorbidMistress

    995 days ago

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    This is so unnecessary and it really makes no sense.

  • Profile photo of Ireneice

    995 days ago

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    This is just cruel, and sick.

  • Profile photo of notyonugget123

    996 days ago

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    why has god make people like this:(

  • Profile photo of ElgritBRussell

    998 days ago

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    This is absolutely fiendish and sickening. How would these people like to be pushed out of a plane in the sky, no parachute, and crash into earth. God, what next?

  • Profile photo of SandraA

    998 days ago

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    This kind of human behavior sickens me

  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    998 days ago

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    Why does it read “The Honorable Shawn Lane”? What’s honorable about bullying animals?

    • Profile photo of evolve2012

      997 days ago

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      Very good point. This is horrible. I don’t know what’s wrong with people.

  • Profile photo of ilariapatano

    998 days ago

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    Why they do this?

  • Profile photo of acelerada

    999 days ago

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    :( it is such an evil world…

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    999 days ago

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    this is unbelievable :( how could people do this ? PETA<3

  • Profile photo of bavegan

    999 days ago

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    Why don’t you drop me from a plain! sick people….

  • Profile photo of hannahkittygirl

    1000 days ago

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    end NOW

  • Profile photo of place2bee

    1002 days ago

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    What are they gonna say? “Oh sure, just a second ma’am.” At least you tried though, cuz it’s really horrible, what people like this do.

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    1004 days ago

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    Sick humans strike again! PATHETIC!

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    1005 days ago

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    I called and asked to speak with someone who can give me information on the Turkey drop and they said I have to contact the chamber of commerce and I asked how to contact the person who issued the permit for the festival and I got hung up on. Looks like they’re dealing with this very maturely.

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    1006 days ago

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    Why would ANYONE want to do this?! This is soo cruel!

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    1006 days ago

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    Stop this cruel act.

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    1008 days ago

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    This is unnecessary and wrong!

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    1012 days ago

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    This needs to end!

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    1013 days ago

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    Do you have to copy and paste your letter in the get points box or do you just summarize what you said.

  • Profile photo of EricSexton

    1014 days ago

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    I live in Arkansas and I have submitted this story, as I have before, to the local news stations. I seem to have some support at one of the stations and may have the story ran on an evening broadcast. I am trying my best but the event is nearing.

    • Profile photo of luciferia

      632 days ago

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      Ericsexton, youre doing a great job! Hows it going so far? More people should stand up for animals!

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    1017 days ago

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    This has got to be the most inhumane, stupid senseless act of animal cruelty I have ever heard about…Do you people there in Yelloville really have nothing better to do? REALLY???????? Get a life and leave the turkey’s alone….what kind of person can do that????

  • Profile photo of LibbyLangham

    1017 days ago

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    Sick. Makes you realise how messed up some people are…

  • Profile photo of Emilinature

    1018 days ago

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    Of course,redneck

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    1018 days ago

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    who would do this?? and why isnt it illegal yet?

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      1017 days ago

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      It is illegal. “during which an ILLEGAL event known as the “Turkey Drop” historically takes place”

    • Profile photo of MindyLove

      1016 days ago

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      It is illegal!

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    1019 days ago

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    this seems no fun to me.

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    1020 days ago

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    This is so sad! I will end this. Thats a stupid, screwed up festival.