THE Federal Aviation Administration in the United States is currently investigating a pilot who dropped a posse of live turkeys from his plane on an Arkansas festival this week.
The annual Yellville Turkey Trot event held in Arkansas has witnessed the practice of “turkey dropping” for close to 50 years, but more recently the festival has found itself under increasing scrutiny for violating the rights of the birds.
Sponsors have even taken steps to distance themselves from the bizarre ritual recently.
The FAA has been reluctant to intervene in the practice in the past because of a legal technicality that suggests for a law to be broken the “birds must be considered projectiles”.
Law-breaking aside, it would appear the biggest turkeys in this case are the event organisers and the pilot who allowed the practice to continue for so long.