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Again, live turkeys tossed from plane at Arkansas festival

By Bill Bowden

This article was originally published October 15, 2017 at 4:30 a.m. Updated October 16, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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A live turkey is released Saturday from a plane flying over Crooked Creek during the Turkey Trot festival in Yellville.

Festival officials release a wild turkey from the stage Saturday during the annual Turkey Trot in Yellville.

Sierra Martinez, 12, (center), of Yellville holds a wild turkey she caught Saturday after it was released from a stage as Angie Heringer (top), founde...

A wild turkey is held by Kent Chism whose mother, Lisa Chism, caught it Saturday after it was released from atop the Marion County Courthouse during t...

Lisa Chism of Gassville laughs Saturday after catching one of several wild turkeys released from atop the Marion County Courthouse during the annual T...

YELLVILLE -- Several live turkeys were tossed from an airplane as it flew by the annual Turkey Trot festival Saturday.

Festival officials release a wild turkey from the stage Saturday during the annual Turkey Trot in Yellville.

Sierra Martinez, 12, (center), of Yellville holds a wild turkey she caught Saturday after it was released from a stage as Angie Heringer (top), founde...

A wild turkey is held by Kent Chism whose mother, Lisa Chism, caught it Saturday after it was released from atop the Marion County Courthouse during t...

Lisa Chism of Gassville laughs Saturday after catching one of several wild turkeys released from atop the Marion County Courthouse during the annual T...

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wolfman says... October 15, 2017 at 7:09 a.m.

Or better yet gcw they can throw you out of a plane. Poor gcw is a trump whiner.

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LR1955 says... October 15, 2017 at 7:21 a.m.

If I catch a female Mexican nursing student can I keep her? I'd even marry her so she can stay here & get her license!

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RaylanGivens says... October 15, 2017 at 7:43 a.m.

Crap I thought they meant politicians when they said turkeys

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Kharma says... October 15, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.

Throwing live turkeys out of aircraft for lowlife fun year after year? If those backwards fools want to have some real fun they should throw each other out at 600 - 700 feet, and I'd travel to watch that - splat, splat, splat - hell, maybe even buy a corndog or two. Or maybe they should use the aircraft to rain contraceptives down on Yellville so the simpletons reproduce less.

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DerbiRider says... October 15, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.

Did the turkeys have names? Was one of them named Bret and did he plummit like a hunk of lead?

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TimberTopper says... October 15, 2017 at 10:16 a.m.

I'm wondering if those opposed eat meat of any kind. Having lived my life either on a farm or close by, I have never seen any animal that was going to be slaughtered for food that wasn't under some stress.

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Martipowell says... October 15, 2017 at 10:52 a.m.

The people I used to know who had to kill them for food did so in a manner that was quick and unexpected. They did not torture them like this by throwing them from airplanes. I bet you guys still tie cats together and throw them over the clothesline so that they fight to the death. And you probably fight dogs and roosters for your blood thirsty, cruel, mean spirited, sick, perverted back woods entertainment too! You make me ashamed to be an Arkansan.

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FayFan says... October 15, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.

Disgusting and barbaric ritual.

As for comment from Timber Topper that all farm animals are stressed, not all farms are equal. I have many farmer friends whose animals are treated with--yes--love and respect up to the day they are slaughtered. The livestock raised by my farmer friends get to romp in roomy pastures, breathe fresh air, drink plenty of clean water, and feel healthy soil under their feet. Short of being adopted as pets, this is the best life these domesticated animals that have been bred to feed humans can hope for nowadays. But I would agree that industrial farms, where the animals are crowded in cages, houses, ponds or feedlots, and forced to wallow in their own filth, is just legalized animal torture. Sadly, we humans want our meat to be plentiful and cheap so many of us choose to look the other way when it comes to humane treatment of the creatures we consume.

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msel177601241230 says... October 15, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.

Taste Like Chicken!!!!

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Winfield says... October 15, 2017 at 11:41 a.m.

Now, I'm feeling guilty of eating ham for breakfast. Gotta make me an appointment with my psychiatrist first thing come Monday morning.

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