By Lindsay Pollard-Post
In just a couple of days, live turkeys may again be hurled to their deaths from planes 1,000 feet in the air travelling at 70 miles per hour while spectators cheer. The terrified birds don't stand a chance: Wild turkeys naturally only fly short distances at low altitudes. Being dropped from a plane at 1,000 feet or so means that the birds will fall like stones, slamming into buildings, cars, and the street with a sickening thud.
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This sadistic spectacle invariably happens several times a day during Yellville, Arkansas' "Turkey Trot Festival," which is scheduled for October 7 and 8 this year. The "Turkey Drop" violates Arkansas law (§5-62-103), which states that "a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals if he or she knowingly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment." Yet city officials have never lifted a finger against those responsible.
PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for this cruel and malicious activity. If you have any information, please contact PETA right away. Everyone else can urge the mayor of Yellville to do everything in his power to prevent turkeys from being illegally terrorized and killed during this year's festival.