New Year's Possum Drop stopped by judge
"Citizens are prohibited from capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement," Judge Fred Morrison wrote in his ruling. "Hunters must afford wild animals the same right Patrick Henry yearned for: 'Give me liberty, or give me death!"
The ruling would end a 19-year tradition of suspending a possum in see-through box covered with holiday tinsel and lowering it to the ground at midnight. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had sued the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which issues the permit for the event, saying it's illegal and cruel.
Clay Logan, who owns Logan Corner store, manages the event, which attracts 2,000 to 3,000 people annually to the tiny hamlet. The commission "had no authority to issue any permit to Logan for the unlawful public display of a native wild animal" at the drop, Morrison wrote.
Logan said the possum drop will continue in some form, although he won't break the law. This challenge by PETA marks at least the third time that someone has challenged the drop, he said.
"I figured sooner or later they'd get somebody to rule on their side," he said. "It's like a football game. If you play somebody long enough, you're going to beat them eventually."
Critical thinking challenge: Was possum drop cruel to the possum? Should the possum drop be allowed?
Define these words: yearned, last hurrah, hamlet
- Posted on November 13, 2012
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