Brasstown, North Carolina Will Not Drop Live Opossum This New Year’s Eve


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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit in its effort to stop the use of a live, wild opossum in a New Year’s Eve celebration in the North Carolina mountains. A judge recently ruled in favor of the PETA injunction, and the timing of the motion came too late to allow the community of Brasstown to get a required state permit to make the event happen as it has for the past 20 years at Clay’s Corner, a store in the mountains of Clay County. Something ‘opossum-related’ will be dropped at midnight, but not a live opossum. The current leading candidates for the plunge are a “road-kill possum or a pot of stewed possum.” The event organizer are keeping up there fight, and will drop something along the lines of a real, live opossum in the future if the court eventually rules in their favor.

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