27 July 2017

Tell Yellville to Stop Dropping Turkeys from Airplanes

Turkey tossed from an airplane.

UPC Summary:

As far back as December 1989, the National Enquirer called the Yellville, Arkansas “turkey drop” a “sick Festival of Death.” The Yellville turkey drop is an October event in which live turkeys are forced out of planes flying 500 to 1,000 feet above ground. The fun is to make the turkeys suffer by tossing them out of a plane. The fun is to watch them free-falling in midair until they hit the ground or get tangled up in wires and tree branches. The fun is to chase the birds who didn’t die and subsequently kill them.

The promoters like to joke that these turkeys “can fly”; however, wild turkeys would not normally fly that high above ground. Moreover, for a bird, the decision to take off from the ground or a branch or other platform is totally different from being pitched involuntarily from a MOVING machine high in the air in the midst of terrific wind pressure produced by the plane, to plunge to wherever the traumatized bird happens to land.

Dana Woods
TURKEY DROPPER: Mountain View pharmacist Dana Woods defends dropping turkeys from his airplane. "It brings in a lot of money," he told the Democrat-Gazette.

Take Action!

Please sign and share this petition.
URGENT: Ask Sponsors to Ditch Support for Cruel ‘Turkey Drop’!


Please contact Yellville’s Mayor and Chamber of Commerce directly:
Yellville Chamber of Commerce
  414 West 3rd Street
  Yellville, AR 72687
Phone: 870-449-4676
Email: info@yellvillechamber.com
Website: Yellville Chamber of Commerce members


Mayor Shawn Lane & other local officials/contact information:
Yellville City Officials


Thank you for speaking up for the turkeys.

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