Judge: Possum drop allowed to go on
Posted: December 24, 2013 - 3:46am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge says the annual New Year's Eve possum drop can go on as planned in a North Carolina town.

The judge says he won't block the organizer of a mountain town's celebration from getting a state permit allowing 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 in Raleigh on Monday. The animal-welfare organization sought to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown. A PETA lawyer says the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum's nerves and health.

The state commission issued a permit Friday allowing the organizer to capture the animal.

The judge ruled the show in Brasstown can go on.

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