RALEIGH — The marsupial star of a New Year’s Eve tradition in a North Carolina mountain town can remain the center of attention.
The Senate agreed Wednesday without discussion on a bill excluding opossums from state wildlife laws between December 26 and January 2 in Clay County, where the annual Possum Drop celebration is held.
The Possum Drop involves lowering a possum in a clear plastic box at midnight and then releasing it.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has tried to stop the event, saying the animal is cruelly treated. A judge last year dismissed a PETA lawsuit, but another hearing is expected.
The bill is considered local legislation, which means it takes effect without the governor’s signature.