RALEIGH, N.C. (December 24, 2013) A judge has ruled that the annual New Year's Eve possum drop can go on as planned in Brasstown, N.C.
The judge declined to block the organizer of a mountain town's celebration from getting the state permit that will allow him to capture a possum and lower it in a cage at midnight.
Attorneys for the Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court Monday in Raleigh, N.C., seeking to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown.
A PETA lawyer argued that the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum's nerves and health.
The state commission issued a permit last Friday allowing the organizer to capture the animal.