Judge rules possum drop can go forward
BRASSTOWN, N.C. — A judge ruled Brasstown’s annual possum drop can go forward Monday.
The New Year’s Eve Possum Drop is an annual tradition, but so is the controversy.
In the past, the community has come together on New Year’s Eve for a”possum drop,” which is like watching the ball drop except it’s a live possum in a box.
This year, the group “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA) sued to stop the capture and display of a live possum during the event.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on Friday issued a permit allowing the organizer to capture the animal.
The General Assembly this year passed a law allowing licensed sportsmen to hold animals for display as long as they are returned to the wild when the event is over.
For the 2013/2014 year, the possum drop will go on.