Ottawa Citizen

Town seeks al­ter­nate for live pos­sum drop

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A New Year’s Eve pos­sum drop that at­tracts thou­sands of peo­ple to a tiny North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won’t in­volve the live an­i­mal. Dur­ing past drops, the pos­sum was sus­pended in a seethrough box cov­ered with tin­sel and low­ered to the ground at mid­night. Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals had sued, call­ing the event in Brasstown il­le­gal and cruel. Last month, a judge ruled a state agency lacked author­ity to is­sue a per­mit for the drop. Clay Lo­gan told the Asheville Cit­i­zen-Times for its Thurs­day edi­tion that he’s con­sid­er­ing us­ing a stuffed an­i­mal or maybe road­kill this year.

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