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Tossing Birds From Airplanes Violates Arkansas State Cruelty-to-Animals Law
For Immediate Release:October 4, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Yellville, Ark. -- Days before the annual Turkey Trot
Festival, which has traditionally included a "Turkey Drop" in which
wild turkeys—who typically fly only as high as 100 feet at best—are hurled from
airplanes traveling at around 70 miles per hour and at altitudes of 1,000 feet,
PETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of any participant in the cruel and malicious "drop."
Reports of disoriented birds plummeting like bricks and fatally colliding with
buildings, cars, and streets are common. Birds who catch the wind under their
wings careen into the landscape at devastatingly high speeds, and those who do
not die on impact are believed to suffer grievous injuries. PETA cautions that
this callous activity is in violation of Arkansas state anti-cruelty laws and
has called upon the Arkansas State Police to monitor the festival and all
"Obviously, turkeys feel pain and fear just as any cat
or dog does. If the Turkey Trot Festival included a 'puppy drop,' the
participants would be thrown in jail," says PETA Vice President Daphna
Nachminovitch. "Tossing any animal out of a plane to plummet to the
ground and die is maliciously cruel—and that means it's also illegal."
Although the city of Yellville has declared that the Turkey
Drop is not sanctioned by the festival, the cruel activity has continued.
Anyone with information
about Turkey Drop participants is encouraged to immediately contact PETA at
757-622-7382 or CIDInfo@peta.org.
more information, please visit PETA.org.
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