Put an end to North Carolina's Cruel 'Opposum Drop' event
  • Petitioned Gordon Myers

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Gordon Myers
Colonel, Enforcement Division, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Dale Caveny Jr.
Chief, Wildlife Management Division, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
David T. Cobb

Put an end to North Carolina's Cruel 'Opposum Drop' event

    1. Katie Benbow
    2. Petition by

      Katie Benbow

      Birmingham, United Kingdom

On New Year's Eve, Clay's Corner, a retail store in Brasstown, North Carolina, owned by Clay Logan, is holding its annual "Opossum Drop" event, during which a live, wild, captured opossum will be suspended inside a small, clear Plexiglas cage for hours above a rowdy crowd while being forced to withstand bright and flashing lights, smoke, and a near-constant barrage of loud noises—including live bands, the firing of black powder muskets, and a fireworks display. At midnight, the opossum will be "dropped" (lowered) into the crowd and then released.

Opossum are sensitive, small, wild prey animals who avoid human contact at all costs. Being suspended for hours in a see-through box over a screaming crowd and subjected to excessive noise and smoke would be pure terror for the animal. The smoke and noise can damage an opossum's sensitive hearing and respiratory system, and the chaos can cause such a shy animal to suffer from severe and potentially fatal stress-induced conditions.

Logan apparently lacks the proper North Carolina permits to hold this animal, and the "Opossum Drop" clearly violates North Carolina law, which states that animals held captive must be treated humanely. PETA has asked Logan to replace the live animal with a stuffed or animatronic opossum, but he's refused.

Please sign this petition to urge officials to do everything in their power to end this illegal, cruel act. 

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    • Jayne Hill NEAR WEM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I hope that Clay Logan will realize that this cruelty to a live animal is unacceptable and revolts all decent Christian people. It must be stopped, and I hope that the full weight of the law will be used against anyone who participates in this disgusting spectacle.

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    • Jacky Fisher NORFOLK, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      If there are people stupid enough to DO this, certainly there is at least one stupid person to volunteer to BE this. Give me a break!

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    • Allison Watts NEWPORT NEWS, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because the opossum in question will be wild, I think this borders on cruelty. If it were someone's tame pet that is used to being handled and around people, that would be different. I'm also assuming the clear cage will be properly ventilated.

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    • Linda Coffelt VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is beyond all reasoning and sensibility. Why in the world is this being done? Who thought this up? This is subjecting a wild and innocent animal to a frightening experience. And for what ---human entertainment!! ??? This is pure ANIMAL CRUELTY - NOT ENTERTAINMENT!!!

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    • Susan Temple CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition because this is sick and cruel and shameful.

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