Stop Cruel Turkey-Throwing Event

Target: Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas

Goal: Cancel Arkansas’ annual “Turkey Drop” once and for all.

Dozens of turkeys are tortured each year at the annual “Turkey Drop” event in Yellville, Arkansas. A “phantom pilot” flies over town dropping the helpless birds from 500 feet in the air, and the birds who survive are chased down and captured by the population. Many of the birds crash into buildings, cars, or the pavement, and some of them die from the sheer trauma of being thrown through the air.

This barbaric event needs to be stopped once and for all. Protests and petitions have been circulating for years, but the tradition continues at the expense of these helpless animals. The Federal Aviation Administration unfortunately ‘cannot’ shut this event down as it ‘technically’ does not violate any laws; this assessment could not be more wrong. Even if the turkeys survive, they are being cruelly tortured, and that alone should qualify for law-violating animal abuse.

We must fight to ensure this cruel, twisted event is shut down for good. Sign this petition to help save the lives and protect the well-being of these defenseless turkeys.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Hutchinson,

Yellville’s annual “Turkey Drop” festival event is cruel and inhumane. Helpless turkeys are taken 500 feet up into the air and dropped from a plane only to be chased and captured once they hit the ground. Some of these birds have died from the trauma of either being thrown or from hitting hard, solid objects upon falling.

In the past several years, there have been far too many events focused on torturing animals for the sake of human entertainment. This festival is just another that should not be allowed to continue, and should be considered illegal despite the Federal Aviation Administration claiming it is not. You must shut down this twisted event for good, to protect the lives and well-being of any turkeys who might fall victim to this horrible tradition in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sara

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4 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it! this isn’t acceptable. its no worse than killing turkeys.

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  3. DROP THESE TURDS OUT OF A PLANE WITH NO PARACHUTE NOW WHO THINK IT IS RIGHT TO THROW TURKEYS OUT OF PLANES TO THEIR DEATHS NOW.

  4. Sometimes I contemplate the psychology of these lunatics.

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