Daily Journal masthead

PETA sues to challenge new law that will allow western NC New Year's Eve opossum tradition


RALEIGH, North Carolina — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is challenging a new law designed to preserve a western North Carolina New Year's Eve tradition involving a live, wild opossum.

Multiple media outlets report Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law on Thursday that exempts opossums everywhere in North Carolina from state wildlife laws during a five-day period around Jan. 1.

On Friday, the organization filed a lawsuit in Wake County, seeking an injunction against the law for being overly vague.

Traditionally, the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown has featured a captured opossum lowered in a box at midnight, though legal challenges have sometimes altered those plans.

Animal rights groups say the animal is traumatized by the event, while organizers say they take good care of the opossum.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow Daily Journal:

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.