Court Orders Commission to Pay PETA $75K Over ‘Opossum Drop’ Case
A superior court judge has awarded PETA nearly $75,000 in attorneys’ fees over a frivolous appeal filed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) after a November 2012 ruling by the Office of Administrative Hearings that the annual “Opossum Drop” held in Brasstown was illegal and that the WRC had acted unlawfully when it issued a permit for the crude and cruel event.
After the WRC appealed the ruling to the North Carolina Superior Court, PETA filed a motion to dismiss the appeal as frivolous. Two days later, the WRC dropped its appeal, and PETA filed a motion to recover its attorneys’ fees. Now the state’s taxpayers are stuck with the bill for the agency’s baseless and wrongheaded action.