The Corner

PETA Shuts Down N.C. Town’s Awesome Possum New Year’s Eve

The terrorists win again. Via the Los Angeles Times:

The Annual Clay’s Corner Possum Drop is still on for New Year’s Eve in Brasstown, N.C. – but without an actual living, breathing opossum.

Responding to a lawsuit from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, country store owner Clay Logan said Monday he won’t lower a live opossum in a box Wednesday night – a 21-year New Year’s countdown tradition in his tiny Smoky Mountains town.

PETA had sued to stop the event, attended by up to 3,000 people. In a letter to a North Carolina judge, Logan promised not to put a live opossum in the plexiglass box he lowers from a light pole every New Year’s Eve outside his store.

Given the condition in which I have found most possums in my life — namely, two-dimensional — the varmint care exercised in Brasstown seems positively royal.

Judge for yourself, below. The actual “Possum Drop” starts at 3:00, but if you love America, watch the whole thing:

By the way, Logan says the Drop will continue: “We’ll still do something,” he told the Times. “Maybe some roadkill or a pot of stewed possum.”

Well played, sir. Well played.

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