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Live turkeys to be dropped from plane during town event

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On Oct. 7 and 8, an event known as the “Turkey Trot” will be taking place in Yellville, Arkansas. Part of the town’s “festivities,” include live turkeys being dropped from an airplane that is traveling 500 feet overhead, reported the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Though many of the town’s residents look forward to the bizarre turkey drop, a good number of people who live outside of the area are critical of the choice to throw live birds out of a moving plane.

On Thursday morning, the Facebook page for the Turkey Trot addressed growing outrage for the turkey drop:

For those that keep messaging about turkey drop. Please look into the history. There are bigger fish to fry than to waste your time especially if you don’t live here. Thank you.

According to the Arkansas Times, the individual piloting the plane is Mountain View pharmacist Dana Woods, who has dismissed the allegations that throwing wild turkeys from a moving plane is cruel. PETA has weighed in on the town’s tradition. Gemma Vaughan, PETA animal cruelty investigator stated:

today, there’s no excuse for yahoos to pretend that they don’t know they’re engaging in acts of cruelty that shame them and set a lousy example for their kids,” Vaughan said. “PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any participant for a violation of law, including the destruction of personal property, as a turkey plummets to the ground. Just like dogs and cats, turkeys feel love and happiness, pain and fear. The use of live animals in this event makes Yellville seem as backward as you can get.”

Others, who are not a part of the animal welfare organization have offered their own thoughts on the turkey drop on the town’s festival Facebook page – one user expressed disgust, “I’m not a PETA member. What I am is an intelligent, compassionate, rational human being who sees cruelty and terror when I see it. You people are backward and sadistic. Apparently haven’t evolved past the cave man stage. Sad, sad people. An embarrassment to the human race.”

Those in support of the turkey drop dismiss the cruelty allegations, reminding concerned people that the turkeys can fly and ignoring claims that the drop causes stress and fear in the turkeys who are hurled out of a plane.

Find the Turkey Trot Facebook page here.

(Video of turkey drop below – note, the turkey does not appear to have “flown” after being thrown from the plane)


(Photo via Pixabay)

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25 replies
  1. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I honestly thought this was a joke at first. My first thought was an episode of the old series “WKRP in Cincinnati” where they did this – and you don’t see it happening, but hear what’s being aired. Even then, they make it very clear that turkeys do NOT fly. Yes, this is animal cruelty.

    • Donna Clark says:

      I agree Linda, these ignorant cruel rednecks need to be stopped. You have to be a real a…hole to think animal cruelty is fun. I hope PETA stops them.

    • Kathleen M Lanteigne says:

      Exactly! I thought it was a Les Nesman joke from WKRP because I believed there’d was no way possible that anyone would feel it was ok to drop a turkey from a plane! I guess I was wrong, sadly. Bunch of dumb rednecks!

    • Mo Gillespie says:

      What a bunch of hillbillies! Stupid stupid people. For one thing, TURKEYS CAN’T FLY, you fucking ignorant idiots! You are an embarrassment to the rest of the country…….

  2. Paige says:

    My first thought was, WHAT??? You are not serious!! This is hideous. My father was from Arkansas and he would be ashamed to admit it if he’d seen this stupidity. Stop this unholy thing right now!!

  3. Shannon Gudvangen says:

    It’s absolutely animal cruelty. From what I understand about turkeys they do not fly like ducks or geese. Yes they have wings and use it to flutter not to take flight. Anyone who throws a turkey out of a plane needs to be charged with felony animal abuse times the number of turkeys they threw out the plane. Authorities need to put a stop to this before this horrific event happens.

  4. Faith Billings says:

    Yes wild Turkey can fly. Not being dropped from 500 ft. What a bunch of dumb crackers. Very cruel. Very sad. No I don’t belong to PETA (unless you mean people eating tasty animals).

  5. Kim Bradbury says:

    These people are telling the outraged world to “Let redneck backwoods bogans be redneck backwoods bogans”. They believe that because they’ve always been animal abusers, they should always be allowed to be animal abusers, so we ahould just let karma do it’s job!

  6. VDay says:

    Turkeys DO NOT FLY, they have the ability to get up into trees for roosting, much like a chickend, but they don’t fly. This is inhumane and stupid, beyond cruel. The pilot should be ashamed of herself for engaging in something so ridiculouslyrics cruel.

  7. Pip Van Nispen says:

    This is disgusting.Is there a protest against this?One very good reason to NEVER visit this horrid little town.

  8. Leslie Mapa says:

    How can they get away with this? When are people going to stop thinking that animals are here for our entertainment. If I dropped an animal from a plane I’d get arrested.

  9. janet says:

    I think that it’s really stupid heartless of people wanting to throw a helpless turkey out of a plane just for the the fun of it. It is senseless they will die very critical death. It is very much animal cruelty… Leave them be.
    And anyway can’t you find something else to do besides to kill?

  10. Lorene Henderson says:

    This is cruel, Turkey’s don’t fly and to drop any animal out of a plane is just plan stupid. I don’t understand how anyone could allow this. Please explain what in the world do you get out of watching a innocent animal fall from an airplane, knowing most of these back wood people wouldn’t jump from a plane on they’re own.

  11. Karen Bricen Klopfenstein says:

    under no circumstances “dustin”
    & any other effin morons who think this is a good idea –do turkeys or any live animal
    need to be dropped from a plane or helicopter. there is zero justification & anyone who engages in this from either side should be knocked upside the head. pathetic bunch of FREAKS


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