Stop Dropping Live Turkeys from Planes


Target: Shawn Lane, Mayor of Yellville, Arkansas

Goal: Stop cruel festival tradition of dropping live turkeys from planes

In the past, a cruel event where planes senselessly drop turkeys from the air for the sake of entertainment has been a tradition at a festival in Yellville, Arkansas. While this heartless and illegal activity is now banned, there have been reports that an unofficial turkey drop may be planned for this year’s festival.

In October, Yellville officials are set to hold their annual Turkey Trot Festival. For years, the turkey drop event was a tradition at the festival. Spectators watched as flightless wild turkeys were cruelly dropped from private planes from heights of about 1,000 feet. This disgusting tradition ensures the turkeys would needlessly plummet to their deaths by slamming into buildings, cars and streets. This is an incredibly inhumane, twisted form of ‘entertainment’ that causes unnecessary terror and inevitable death for the poor creatures involved.

Thankfully, because this activity explicitly violates Arkansas’ state law and Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the annual turkey drop event is now banned at future festivals. However, there have been reports that unidentified pilots may be planning an unofficial turkey drop for this year’s Turkey Trot festival, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals officials.

It is the responsibility of city officials to ensure that no illegal activity occurs at the festival. Urge Yellville’s mayor to ensure this year’s festival remains cruelty free and ensure no unofficial turkey drops are performed.


Dear Mayor Lane,

As you probably know, a cruel tradition of Yellville’s annual Turkey Trot festival called the turkey drop has been banned due to its illegal and inhumane nature. While I applaud city officials’ active ban on the event, I am extremely concerned about recent reports that an unofficial turkey drop may be planned by unidentified pilots for this year’s festival in October.

No animal deserves to feel the unnecessary terror of plummeting to their death for the sake of a twisted form of entertainment, nor do they deserve to die a senseless death. Such activity also violates state law and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. As an animal welfare advocate, I urge you and your fellow city officials to do everything possible to investigate these concerning reports and prevent any unofficial turkey drops at this year’s Turkey Trot festival.


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Photo credit: Jamain via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Elizabeth Ridley says:

    The thought that anyone could enjoy this needless torture of an innocent animal is sickening. They will be terrified throughout, from the noise on the plane to the horror of the drop then to die painfully on the ground. Mayor Lane should be aware how badly this reflects on his town, throughout the nation and the rest of the world. He and the others who will allow this happen are weak and devoid of compassion. I urge them to block this horror show from going forward.

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