For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
High Point, N.C. – Thanks to animal-cruelty laws, this group of boys will face legal repercussions for egregious cruelty to the opossum they allegedly beat with sticks and burned alive. However, these young people could have violently tortured wildlife without repercussion had these acts occurred within the five-day window set up by the North Carolina Legislature for the New Year’s Eve Opossum Drop—an unprecedented move that exempts all opossums from legal protection. This vile case is proof that there’s never a justification for lifting the protections that animals badly need, least of all for the benefit of Opossum Drop organizers who stand to rake in cash on the back of an unlucky, vulnerable animal.
–PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the recent killing of an opossum by a group of young boys
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to harm in any way.” More information about our work is available at PETA.org.