The Cowboy Church Uses a Toy Opossum for Its Annual ‘Possum Drop’

December 2011 

PETA sent a toy opossum to the Cowboy Church in Jerusalem-Fairmount, Georgia, for its annual “Possum Drop” on New Year’s Eve. The church’s compassionate decision to use a toy opossum instead of a live one meant that no animal was forced to withstand bright lights, a crowd of New Year’s revelers, and live music while confined to a small wire cage for hours. The church director was proud to declare that their opossum was a “PETA-approved” one!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind