On October 7 and 8, the city of Yellville
is holding its annual Turkey Trot Festival, during which wild turkeys—who
typically fly only short distances, rarely reaching 100 feet—are hurled from private
planes traveling around 70 miles per hour and at altitudes of approximately 1,000
feet as part of the “Turkey Drop” tradition. Disoriented and unable
to right themselves, 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. City
officials declare that this isn’t sanctioned by the festival, yet it continues
year after year. Video
footage of the 2010 “Turkey Drop” can be viewed here.
The “Turkey Drop” clearly
violates Arkansas law (§5-62-103), which states that “a person commits the offense of cruelty to
animals if he or she knowingly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment.” PETA
is offering a reward
of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone directly
involved in this activity. But we need your voice!
Please politely urge officials to do everything in their power to end this
cruel illegal act.
Yellville City Council
The Honorable Shawn Lane
Mayor of the City of Yellville
Article source: PETA Action Alerts