Brasstown having possum drop, without live possum
by Associated Press Wire
December 27, 2012 02:35 PM | 480 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BRASSTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A New Year’s Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won’t involve a live possum.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Thursday that Brasstown will have the event Dec. 31 but with a different guest of honor.

During past drops, the possum was suspended in a see-through box covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight.

Last month, a judge ruled a state agency lacked authority to issue a permit for the drop. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued, calling the event illegal and cruel.

Clay Logan has been doing the drop for years. He says he’s considering using a stuffed animal or maybe road kill this year.

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ylisabet2
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March 22, 2013
While I am not an advocate for using wildlife (stuffed or otherwise) for these types of events, I would like to commend the event organizers at the Tallapoosa, Ga ‘Possum Drop’ for not using a live opossum at their annual NYE event! Unfortunately, my home state of North Carolina is not nearly as progressive as our neighboring state! Our NC legislators and event organizers for the Brasstown, NC event are clearly not ‘up to speed’ regarding animal rights …. totally disregarding them as ‘sentient beings.’ Just because you do not understand a species does not make it ‘dumb’….it merely reflects our inability to fully understand it! That reflects our ignorance…not theirs!!! Empathy, Compassion, Respect for Wildlife …this is the message we should be sending our young people. What’s the point of saving our planet for future generations if they don’t understand the other creatures they co-exist with?

Please STOP the use of a 'live' opossum at this event! Go to Change.org .. Sign & Share the "Say NO to the Possum Drop in NC" petition! Thank you for making a positive difference!

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