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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hee, hee

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Ain't Arkinsaw quaint? I know the first thing I'd do to show off our state is to run them up to Yellville so they could see the yokels drop panicked turkeys out of airplanes. I know they'd want to go because I'd tell rich and rollicking stories about it at every out-of-state conference I attended.

I hope, however, as much as I find mistreatment of dumb animals funny and as much as I like to hoot and holler at this great sport, I wouldn't have the blind, staggering hypocrisy to make myself the self-anoninted champion of animal cruelty legislation.

I guess, though, that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's stupid blunder sends the signal it is supposed to send to the poultry lobby that runs this state -- hey, cruelty to poultry is OK by me.

Here's the link on the story, so you can now see all of "dignitaries" who just couldn't wait to see our quaint turkey terrorism after hearing McDaniel's tales about it. They include New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram. As they said on Heehaw -- HOW-DEE!

FROM D-G TODAY

— Passing a “common sense” animal-cruelty bill is one of the most important issues that will come before the state Legislature in the next session, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told about 200 people Friday at a breakfast meeting of the Political Animals Club of Northwest Arkansas.

“I hope, I believe, I pray that we have all these diverse interests come together before the Legislature meets,” he said, referring to concerns from agricultural and animal-welfare groups about a proposal.

At the end of his speech at the Clarion hotel, McDaniel said he would be in Yellville today with a group of “foreign dignitaries” for the annual Turkey Trot Festival, which usually features an unsanctioned drop of live turkeys from low-flying airplanes.

“Turkeys are exempt from my animal-cruelty legislation,” McDaniel said, joking with the crowd. “And besides, I hear they can fly.”

State Rep. Monty Davenport, D-Yellville, agreed.

“These are wild-strain turkeys that can fly,” he said. “They’re used to flying up in the trees at night to roost and to get away from predators. ... These aren’t frozen Butterballs. These are turkeys that can and do fly.”

“The legislation that they’re working on right now is for dogs, cats and horses,” said Gabe Holmstrom, McDaniel’s press secretary. “They call them companion animals.”

Davenport said the turkey drop is similar to a greased-pig chase. Children try to catch the dropped turkeys to keep them as pets, which Davenport did as a boy.

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