Thursday, April 17, 2014

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.

The animal-welfare organization sought to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown next week.
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.

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