Stop Dropping Turkeys from Planes at Annual Festival

Despite their wings, turkeys cannot fly.

Target: Yellville, Arkansas Mayor Shawn Lane

Goal: Continue to ban annual Turkey Drop in which the flightless birds are dropped to their deaths from 1,000 feet.

For years, private planes flew over the Turkey Trot festival and threw turkeys, which cannot fly, out of the aircraft from a height of 1,000 feet. The birds plummet to the ground, unable to save themselves. They were fatally wounded when they finally made impact with the ground, bricks, buildings and cars among other objects. Aside from being unbelievably inhumane, the Turkey Drop is also illegal, as the annual event is in violation of state and federal law. The Federal Aviation Administration frowns upon this significantly.

It is time once again to remind the mayor of Yellville, Arkansas that the Turkey Drop once held at its annual Turkey Trot festival remains unacceptable. This unthinkable annual tradition is a display of animal cruelty at its worst. PETA and its supporters have stood firm against Yellville’s annual Turkey Drop, and as the city prepares for this year’s festivities, let’s remind them that we remain resolute in our fight against this.

Although the Turkey Drop wasn’t held at the last Turkey Trot festival, we shouldn’t become complacent and assume that this cruel event is banned for good. Rather, we must remind the city’s mayor that this type of animal cruelty will not be tolerated ever again. Let’s continue to prevent Yellville, Arkansas’ annual Turkey Drop.


Dear Mayor Shawn Lane,

As your annual Turkey Trot festival approaches, I wanted to take a moment to remind you and your city council that I remain resolute in my stance against your Turkey Drop. I understand this event was not held at last year’s festival. This does not mean, however, that your citizens are not planning to do it this year, and I am writing you to secure your assurance that this will not happen.

I won’t pretend to understand the entertainment value behind throwing turkeys out of a plane and watching them fall in terror to their death. I will remind you, however, that this is not only animal cruelty, which is against the law, but also a violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. I can’t think about the children witnessing this event and how seeing such a thing scars them.

This event is a part of Yellville history of which you should not be proud. Kindly assure that it remains off the itinerary for this year and future Turkey Trot festivals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mtshad

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  1. Sara Smith says:

    What has happened about this petition? Was it ever presented??

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