Target: Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas
Goal: Prevent town from tossing turkeys out of airplanes.
For about 50 years, a small Arkansas town has engaged in a tradition of dropping turkeys from a plane at least 500 feet in the air. The mayor of the town and the judge for the county refuse to do anything to stop this cruel act. It is up to the governor of Arkansas to prevent this heinous event from happening.
Dana Woods is scheduled to fly the plane that will drop the unsuspecting turkeys. He claims that it is not cruel because the animals can fly. In truth though, wild turkeys typically only fly at about 100 feet and cannot sustain repeated flapping of their wings for long. Woods believes they need to be dropped at such a ridiculous height in order to give them time to orient themselves, yet some are also promised to be dropped off the Marion County courthouse, which doesn’t even reach 50 feet.
Regardless of their ability to fly, cooping turkeys in a loud plane and then dropping them from hundreds of feet in the air is inhumane. Arkansas law prevents cruelty towards animals, but the legislation only specifically names cats, dogs, and horses. There is no reason why the law should not cover any animal that is under the responsibility of a human. Even Woods admits that some of the turkeys become people’s pets, yet still this cruel event is still scheduled to happen.
Yellville’s annual Turkey Trot festival went without the ‘turkey drop’ from 2012-14, and an unauthorized drop happened in 2015. This year, Marion County Judge Terry Ott claimed it will happen legally, but many residents of the state are extremely opposed. Sign this petition to ask Governor Hutchinson to ban this disgusting act from taking place.
Dear Governor Hutchinson,
It was recently announced by the Marion County judge that Yellville will once again drop turkeys from 500 feet in the air at their annual festival. This inhumane act is harmful to the turkeys and exposes children to animal cruelty. Your laws protect dogs, cats, and horses from abuse in your state, but those laws should extend to all animals being cared for by a human.
Throwing animals out of planes and off of courthouses does not properly represent America, and it is not a good representation of Arkansas. You should intervene to prevent your state from continuing this embarrassing and appalling act. Ban Yellville from hosting the ‘turkey drop’ and extend Arkansas animal cruelty laws to all animals.
[Your Name Here]
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