The practice was stopped several years ago because it violates federal flight rules to drop objects from planes and because animal rights groups had protested the dropping of the flightless birds. The drop Saturday was wildly cheered by the crowd. Typical was a comment from a local woman on Facebook:
In almost 25 years of attending Turkey Trot, I don't remember being more happy and proud of being part of this community. What an exciting day!
Humans in Yellville are confident the birds' ability to glide prevents injury and say that the birds don't mind. None has been interviewed.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Bill Bowden reported today that a woman who scooped a turkey killed after being thrown from an airplane Friday over the Yellville Turkey Trot was a volunteer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This and other complaints will linger after a year in which two of 10 turkeys pitched from planes died in the fall. /more/
Turkey terrorism continues in Yellville, with domesticated turkeys tossed from an airplane at 500 feet to the thrill of the crowd. Dana Woods, the Mountain View pharmacist who leads the practice, is unrepentant in the face of an outpouring of criticism from animal lovers. /more/
Will they or won't they drop terrified turkeys out of an airplane over Yellville at the Turkey Trot festival this year. Animal rights activists worldwide are waging a lobbying campaign to stop it and there's evidence it's getting results. Or at least embarrassment. /more/
A New York Times article takes note of the competition for statuary on the Arkansas Capitol grounds since the legislature decreed that the Ten Commandments should be memorialized there for — wink, wink — their "historical" significance. /more/
It had to happen. Donald Trump's debate interjection that Hillary Clinton was a "nasty woman" has become a battle cry among women; a Twitter meme; a Facebook favorite, and, naturally, a marketing opportunity for T-shirt, button and bumper sticker makers.
It became apparent this morning that at least some money would be spent in opposition to Issue 3, a massive corporate welfare proposal to allow the state to pledge unlimited tax money to private projects and to allow local governments to also give money to private business and chamber of commerce lobbyists, a practice that has been ruled unconstitutional currently.
Today, Rep. Greg Leding filed HB 1959, which adds four words to the state civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, property transactions, credit or the political process on grounds of "sexual orientation, gender identity." The law already protects in cases of race, religion, national origin or disabilities.