New Year’s Eve ‘Opossum Drop’ Comes to an End After 24 Years

The annual New Year’s Eve “Opossum Drop” in Brasstown, North Carolina, finally ended after 24 years, and the exhibitor canceled its USDA license. This archaic stunt—in which sensitive opossums were tormented by rowdy crowds, loud music, and fireworks—came to an end after being faced with growing local opposition, dwindling crowds, and a sustained PETA campaign.

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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