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  • Riptide12 Nov 15, 10:46 a.m.

    No "JohnFlob" PETA and the judge are not embarrassing to NC, it is the town that uses a possum during a New Years celebration that is an embarrassment to NC. What an ignorant way to celebrate!

  • GravyPig Nov 14, 5:34 p.m.

    "Despite the name, no possum is dropped at the event, which attracts thousands to the tiny hamlet near the state's western tip. Rather, the captive critter is suspended in a see-through box covered with holiday tinsel and gently lowered to the ground at midnight."

    Oh, so they don't drop it they lower it gently. That makes all the difference in the world.

  • JohnFLob Nov 14, 11:25 a.m.

    Another 'gold star' for North Carolina.

    Thanks to P.E.T.A. and this judge we are once again embarrassed on the front page at Drudge.

  • JohnFLob Nov 14, 11:17 a.m.

    JohnnyMcRonny November 13, 2012 1:11 p.m.
    What a bunch of heartless sods. It's oh-so funny, isn't it. How would you feel if it was your pet dog/cat that was trapped and stuck in a box for entertainment or killed on the road. Would you be laughing then? I doubt it. The lack of respect shown for other animals is saddening.

    For your information, over the years my family has lost several pets that were hit and killed on public roads.

    This is insane to get so worked up over an opossum. It is easy to laugh at the ridiculous actions of P.E.T.A. and the judge in this case.

  • kermit60 Nov 14, 10:23 a.m.

    So what is the difference between this and the Ashboro Zoo? Here it is only held for a little while and then released. At the zoo they spend there entire life in a animal prison called a zoo and are yelled at and harassed all day long by humans who want to see them. With all the resources available on line now maybe we don't need the zoo either.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 14, 8:15 a.m.

    I think PETA goes overboard on quite a few issues. And while I think they are putting too much effort into this one, given the more serious cases they could be addressing, they nevertheless have a point. I don't think the opossum is harmed, but still don't think they should be hauling it up and down the tree in come weird ceremony.


    "Using a stuffed animal in such a manner simply glorifies the using of a real one, and will encourage others to use real ones in such a manner." - Hans


    Are you afraid that cities across the nation will all start having 'possum drops?


    "Perhaps you know what would happen should a possum encounter a cat? or dog?" - Damien Thorne


    Nothing much. It's an opossum, not a wolverine. I, and my pets, have encountered tons of them over the years. They're pretty docil, even in defense mode.

  • Hans Nov 13, 5:43 p.m.

    "I also agree with the suggestion that kids decorate stuffed animals and the winning look gets to be dropped. Using a live animal is cruel to the animals." - sunneyone2

    Why? Using a stuffed animal in such a manner simply glorifies the using of a real one, and will encourage others to use real ones in such a manner.

  • countymounty100 Nov 13, 5:25 p.m.

    You folks need to get your wording right. There is a difference between the words "dropped" and "lowered". Now, which one did the article reference?

  • batcave Nov 13, 5:09 p.m.

    Why? They are for ethical treatment not vegetarianism

    Grand Union

    I know you are not talking about PETA, they are all about a vegan diet. Animals are not to be worn or eaten or used for science or entertainment. WRONG

  • sunneyone2 Nov 13, 5:09 p.m.

    Animals aren't for decoration. I agree with the judge's decision here. I also agree with the suggestion that kids decorate stuffed animals and the winning look gets to be dropped.
    Using a live animal is cruel to the animals.

  • kristiwatson350 Nov 13, 5:06 p.m.

    Suddenly,I've got a hankering for possom stew !

  • beachboater Nov 13, 5:03 p.m.

    "delightful to watch." A possum is one of the ugliest animals I've ever seen. "Delightful to watch"........... that's a face only a mother could love.

  • beachboater Nov 13, 4:43 p.m.

    "We have one or two that come up on our porch each night to eat. I don't find them to be mean at all unless cornered and then they only hiss at you. We love watching them come up to eat and we respect ALL animals." HereswhatIthink

    IF this is not a troll....when they hiss at you, did you happen to see the size of those front teeth or tushes? Not something to play around with. As far as being cute....arghhhhh....they are nasty, carry disease and serve no purpose other than to scavenge. If you are feeding them, you may have a herd before too long.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Nov 13, 4:28 p.m.

    "Walk up to them while they are eating. If you have a domesticated animal why don't you introduce them? Perhaps you know what would happen should a possum encounter a cat? or dog?" - Damien Thorne

    I'll tell you what happens - nothing.

    I have five adopted feral cats and some get fed on the backdoor step. Just about every night a possum comes along to get its (un)fair share. Meanwhile, one or more of the cats just sit there about 2 feet away. Nothing happens. Just like nothing happens when the racoon family comes among. Cats, possums and racoons all there waiting for their turn. Nothing happens. Apart from food getting eaten. And I can tell which of the three is at the bowl without even having to look.

    I had a possum on a screened-in porch. Stubborn so-and-so. They will more often than not refuse to budge rather than "play possum".

    Just because they are ugly to our eyes doesn't make them worthy of the ridicule and heartlessness espoused here today.

  • Zorg Nov 13, 4:27 p.m.

    I know why the caged possum sleeps.

  • shadowbubbaz Nov 13, 4:14 p.m.

    I just think people could put better use to their minds!!!!!! REALLY

  • Offshore Nov 13, 4:13 p.m.

    "you do understand that two wrongs do not make a right?" Grand Union
    How many is it then?
    4Strikes

    Very funny 4strikes!

  • archangel44369 Nov 13, 4:08 p.m.

    Monday's and Friday's must be Liberal agenda days.

  • old school123 Nov 13, 3:56 p.m.

    I also do not think it is kind to drop a caged possum or any other animal at any time.

  • old school123 Nov 13, 3:55 p.m.

    Please go to anti PETA site to learn about what they really do. They go to dog shows and turn the dogs out to be loose and excape into traffic. That's really ethical treatment. They don't even want cows milked. I read one year that they have a 93 per cent kill rate at their shelter. Yes, they are about not eating meat also and not wearing any clothes made from animals. Look at their site and go to their financial section and see where the money goes. After reading the facts you can decide for yourself.

  • countymounty100 Nov 13, 3:52 p.m.

    Hey PITA, where's your passion for the 4 Americans murdered in Bengazi? This is wasted resources!

  • 4Strikes Nov 13, 3:52 p.m.

    "you do understand that two wrongs do not make a right?"
    Grand Union

    How many is it then?

  • 4Strikes Nov 13, 3:51 p.m.

    This is crazy! That poor possum has probabaly been looking forward to this all year.

  • JennyB Nov 13, 3:45 p.m.

    Whacking a possum with my car is a little more harsh than sticking him in a decorated box to be lowered for New Years... This is what's wrong with society. People are broke and out of jobs and yet we're worrying about what a town does with a POSSUM. Muchless, we're worrying about PETA. Give me a break, and give me a steak.

  • karrgal77 Nov 13, 3:39 p.m.

    This is stupid. Just leave the Oppossums alone. They are very timid and interesting. We have had one living in our trees off our deck and he has been delightful to watch.

  • PracticalMagick Nov 13, 3:37 p.m.

    Further, I think it's a hoot that this story has almost as many comments as the one about the toddler missing in Durham yesterday.

  • Offshore Nov 13, 3:34 p.m.

    Hans> Get a grip.

    batcave> true, how true.

    I'm not sure what PETA's complaint is about. Is it the height, it is an opossum, they live in trees and hang by their tails while sleeping.

  • PracticalMagick Nov 13, 3:33 p.m.

    "After all, you wouldn't want to find yourselves dangling above a bunch of rowdy elephants, with no idea of what was about to happen to you."

    Why am I suddenly picturing a Far Side cartoon?

    BWahahahahahaha! I'm sorry...Comment of the day!

  • dwntwnboy Nov 13, 3:27 p.m.

    Look out Groundhog day!! PETA will be coming for YOU next!! The poster who pointed out that the groundhog is put in front of cheering crowds, cameras and lights is no different than the possum...other than the fact that the possum is released and the groundhog is kept until the next year and is even named. Which is more cruel? Catch and release or capture and keep forever, yearly traumatizing the poor groundhog in front of the cameras and crowds. Judge should have laughed the PETA punks out of the courtroom. I'm all for protecting animals that need it, this possum is doing just fine.

  • Grand Union Nov 13, 3:08 p.m.

    ". If you are going to judge that lowering a possum in a cage is cruel and unusual punishment, then what about Sir Walter Wally??? What they do to him is worse??? So, Fred, what is your thought on that one???'

    you do understand that two wrongs do not make a right?

  • twatkinsntp Nov 13, 3:08 p.m.

    PETA is nothing more than a bunch of animal crazies that really have nothing better to do than stick their nose where no one wants it. They killed a bunch of minks several years ago when they released them and all the minks died from exposure.....not a kind way to die.....it is slow and cruel.

  • bjraper Nov 13, 2:55 p.m.

    Why does stuff such as this come up in our State. Judges have more important issuse to deal with and should be spending theri time on cases that deal with the real problems of our State.

  • Grand Union Nov 13, 2:47 p.m.

    "Walk up to them while they are eating. If you have a domesticated animal why don't you introduce them? Perhaps you know what would happen should a possum encounter a cat? or dog?"

    LOL the possums were here long before humans, cats or dogs were.
    Its our job to keep our pets out of their way not vise versa.
    Strange that the Right are so keen on scaring little furry animals.....

    "Interesting that they would worry about one that is NOT being killed. Maybe that is why they are mad, they wanted to do it themself?"

    Why? They are for ethical treatment not vegetarianism. We can eat animals but there is no need for us to be unnecessarily cruel to them. And the Right are the last ones to be able comment on others killing animals.......

  • Kaitlyn Nov 13, 2:38 p.m.

    "After all, you wouldn't want to find yourselves dangling above a bunch of rowdy elephants, with no idea of what was about to happen to you."

    Why am I suddenly picturing a Far Side cartoon?

  • corncop Nov 13, 2:34 p.m.

    Is there not work more substantive, pressing, and IMPORTANT for our Courts to be working on? Have we all lost our collective minds? And then there is Congress. And the Budget. And the Fiscal Cliff. And whose pants, who got into last week. But sorry, that is another story.

  • ncwolf08 Nov 13, 2:26 p.m.

    I disagree. The animal is not harmed in any way. Every year, Sir Walter Wally is subjected to camera lights which are hot and glaring on Groundhog Day and no one seems to see the cruelty in this. If you are going to judge that lowering a possum in a cage is cruel and unusual punishment, then what about Sir Walter Wally??? What they do to him is worse??? So, Fred, what is your thought on that one???

  • Damien Thorne Nov 13, 2:17 p.m.

    "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said its staff in North Carolina did nothing wrong when they allegedly took animals from local shelters and injected them with fatal doses of pentobarbital.

    The charges state that Peta employees Andrew Cook, 24, and Adria Hinkle, 27, then dumped the corpses in the bins of a supermarket in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

    Peta said it drew the line at the bin dumping, but the group's president, Ingrid Newkirk, defended the practice of killing animals. She told a newspaper that "for some animals in North Carolina, there is no kinder option than euthanasia". . . .

    Police in Ahoskie say they discovered the corpses of at least 80 animals."

    Interesting that they would worry about one that is NOT being killed. Maybe that is why they are mad, they wanted to do it themself?

  • batcave Nov 13, 2:16 p.m.

    The next time you are lost in the woods, a possum can save your life, just follow the tracks to the road.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 13, 2:14 p.m.

    "We have one or two that come up on our porch each night to eat. I don't find them to be mean at all unless cornered and then they only hiss at you. We love watching them come up to eat and we respect ALL animals."-----HereswhatIthink

    Walk up to them while they are eating. If you have a domesticated animal why don't you introduce them? Perhaps you know what would happen should a possum encounter a cat? or dog?

  • Zoey0815 Nov 13, 2:14 p.m.

    I think taking any creature out of its natural habitat and dangling them above a bunch of larger, threatening creatures is cruel. After all, you wouldn't want to find yourselves dangling above a bunch of rowdy elephants, with no idea of what was about to happen to you. I prefer to respect life. Nature has a delicate balance that we have managed to utterly destroy. Just because we as a race don't understand somethings purpose, doesn't mean it doesn't have a purpose. I'm sure mother nature will eventually destroy us and keep the opossums.

  • batcave Nov 13, 2:12 p.m.

    DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT
    And I bet you would love yourself some midget bowling.
    Oh man LOL

  • batcave Nov 13, 2:08 p.m.

    No wonder folks from up north think southerners are stupid! like wise I am sure

    estrauch
    and people say notherners are uptight, I just don't buy it.

  • dwntwnboy Nov 13, 2:07 p.m.

    I say go ahead with it anyhow. Take up a collection at the drop and cover the ticket they may write. It's silly that PETA got involved in this, it's not harming an animal- it's better than killing it- which is LEGAL.

  • PracticalMagick Nov 13, 2:03 p.m.

    Ok...I love animals. A LOT. Cruelty to animals makes me ridiculously ticked off. I even have been known to agree with PETA on many occasions. HOWEVER...When I first heard about this Possum Drop several years ago, I was mortified. So I looked it up. Lowering a wild animal slowly in a decorated see through box may not be a possum's cup of tea, but he's surely not being hurt. Now it'd be different if they were literally tossing the animal. I simply don't see where lowering a possum to the ground is going to traumatize it. But that's just me.

  • HereswhatIthink Nov 13, 1:51 p.m.

    @tmstubbs63 - you say you are a family member and know that the animal is not stressed. How does he catch it? In a trap I am guessing. Don't you think trapping would be stressful? When they "play possum" it is usally because they are stressed or find themselves in danger. They go into shock when stressed out. So you say that he has to wake them up to get them out of the cage, I say the poor thing is in shock!! They typically go out of their way to stay away from humans so again being in the middle of a crowd of people cheering and yelling is very stressful.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 13, 1:46 p.m.

    Good for PETA

  • Zorg Nov 13, 1:45 p.m.

    "What a bunch of heartless sods. It's oh-so funny, isn't it."

    I have the greatest compassion for dumb and helpless animals. That's why if it provides amusement to some of them to gather in a field and lower a possum in a cage, who am I to judge?

  • batcave Nov 13, 1:44 p.m.

    The judge has lost it, Give me liberty, animals don't have rights only the kindness that humans can choose to accord them. No wonder you are just an admin judge, I mean , Patrick Henry and possums , a real stretch.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 13, 1:43 p.m.

    Ridiculous. Loose this silly tradition for the sake of the animal and just because it's ridiculous.

  • HereswhatIthink Nov 13, 1:41 p.m.

    We have one or two that come up on our porch each night to eat. I don't find them to be mean at all unless cornered and then they only hiss at you. We love watching them come up to eat and we respect ALL animals.

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