Lawmakers give final OK to Possum Drop

Posted June 11, 2014

A possum is lowered in a plastic box as part of the New Year's Eve Possum Drop in Brasstown, N.C.

— A North Carolina mountain town’s New Year’s Eve tradition remains intact after a bill lifting wildlife regulations for its annual Possum Drop passed the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill creates a loophole exempting Brasstown’s event, in which a possum is lowered in a Plexiglas box during the countdown to the new year, from state wildlife regulations.

The legislation has drawn criticism from animal welfare advocates, who say the tradition is cruel treatment of the marsupials.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has posed frequent challenges to the legislation, filing a lawsuit against a law passed last year allowing the Possum Drop to take place.

The bill applies only to Clay County, which contains Brasstown, during the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. The House passed the bill last month.


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  • Larry Lynch Jun 13, 2014
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    and that a possem drop issue comes before the law makers shows the insanity and dysfunctionality which is RAMPANT in the house and senate. be proud all you law makers of the environment YOU have created in the ONCE GREAT STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. feel free to quote me.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 12, 2014

    I'm vegan and care about non-human animals, but if these lawmakers are willing to put their infant children in this same device, then have at it! Happy Dropping!

    If not, they may want to ask themselves why not?