NC Town's New Year's Eve 'Possum Drop' Squashed
PETA files lawsuit, but fans still 'opossum-istic'
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2012 11:57 AM CST
Sorry, possum drop fans.   (?)

(Newser) – Following outcry from PETA, a judge in North Carolina has put the brakes on a bizarre holiday tradition, reports Fox News. For the past 21 years, the residents of Brasstown have rung in the new year by placing a live possum in a glass box and lowering it for 10 seconds, a backwoods homage to the Times Square event. But after the animal-rights group filed a lawsuit against the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, a judge ruled that the agency couldn't issue a permit for the drop.

Making the story even more priceless: The ruling reads, "Hunters must afford wild animals the same right Patrick Henry yearned for: 'Give me liberty, or give me death!'" The commission has 30 days to appeal, and the event's organizer isn't giving up hope just yet, saying, "We're not optimistic or pessimistic, we’re opossum-istic."

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Nov 17, 2012 11:17 AM CST
peta is a fun thing to make a meat sandy with! i also love the "i would rather go naked than wear fur" ads hot hot hot!
Nov 17, 2012 11:13 AM CST
what did i miss? they are giving the possums death! hope they get to eat them when this crap is over with!
Nov 15, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Inhumane, exploitive BS. Another nasty example for young kids.