PETA, officials in fight over possum drop
RALEIGH, N.C.—A North Carolina judge has approved a mountain town’s New Year’s Eve celebration in which organizers capture a possum and hoist and lower it in a cage at midnight.
Attorneys for the Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court in Raleigh on Monday.
A PETA lawyer said the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum’s nerves and health.
The state commission issued a permit last Friday allowing the organizer to capture the animal.
The judge ruled the show in Brasstown can go on with a captured possum.