Every Autumn, the city of Yellville holds its annual Turkey Trot Festival, during which domestic turkeys are hurled from private planes traveling around 70
miles per hour at altitudes of 500 to 1,000 feet as part of the “Turkey Drop” tradition.
By Bill Bowdenm, Arkansas Online
Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, a professor of poultry science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, said wild turkeys stay at an altitude of less than
During the flyovers, turkeys are dropped from at least 500 feet, said Woods, citing FAA altitude regulations.
"You don't want to be so low that the birds don't have time to orient themselves and fly," he said.
But the plane ride alone would be stressful for the turkeys, Thaxton said.
"Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful," she said. "In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing
"Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse. There is no justification for this practice."
Read the full article: Arkansas Online.
Also see the article published in the Huffington Post:
Arkansas Town Is Dropping Live Turkeys From Plane Again This Year.
The Yellville Chamber of Commerce hosts the Turkey Trot as a fundraiser each year. End this cruelty by calling or emailing the Yellville Chamber of Commerce and let them know how you feel about their abuse of turkeys:
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The Honorable Shawn Lane
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