Ban Cruel “Turkey Drop” Event


Target: Shawn Lane, Mayor of Yellville, Arkansas

Goal: Ban the cruel “Turkey Drop” event at the annual Turkey Trot festival.

Every year, Yellville, Arkansas hosts the Turkey Trot festival. During this festival, turkeys are taken into a plane and dropped into an open field where people can charge at them as they land. This cruel event needs to be stopped.

Turkeys are only able to fly short distances and never fly above 100 feet. However, during the “turkey drop,” turkeys are taken much higher than 100 feet and carelessly tossed out the side of a plane. As they are plummeting to the ground, festival-goers race to the field to grab the turkeys to take pictures with them. The event causes terrible mental stress and can easily lead to serious physical injuries and even death.

Sign this petition and demand the “turkey drop” is put to an end. This is not entertainment, but a barbaric event.


Dear Mayor Lane,

Every year at the Turkey Trot festival, the “turkey drop” takes place. During this event, turkeys are dropped from a plane into an open field for festival-goers to chase after the terrified animals. This event is barbaric and cruel.

In the wild, turkeys only fly short distances and never fly higher than 100 feet but for this event, they are taken much higher than 100 feet and are thoughtlessly tossed out. As if this forced plummet is not already terrifying enough, when the animals land, festival-goers chase the turkeys for photos.

Please consider putting an end to this event. The “turkey drop” causes unimaginable mental stress to these animals and can cause serious physical injury, or even death. Turkeys are living, breathing, feeling beings, not objects, and should be treated as such.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. They want entertainment? Then let the humans jump out of the planes!!! Whats the matter with these people??!!

  2. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    If it isn’t the ignorant chinese it’s the ignorant americans – morons everywhere

  3. Shelley Mccormck says:


  4. Cynthia Mattera says:

    What the hell is wrong with the people in Yellville? Dropping helpless turkeys from a plane to their death is entertainment??? This event should be canceled and you all need to be a shamed of yourselves!!! You are teaching kids that its ok to torture and kill a living creature!!! This is sick, cruel and morally wrong!!!!

  5. Lynette MacLagan says:

    One of the dumbest things I have heard of!

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