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URGENT: Call for End to North Carolina’s Cruel ‘Opossum Drop’

December 19, 2011
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BACKGROUND

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. Now we need your voice!

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


WHOM TO CONTACT

Gordon Myers
Executive Director
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
gordon.myers@ncwildlife.org

Dale Caveny Jr.
Colonel, Enforcement Division
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
dale.caveny@ncwildlife.org

David T. Cobb
Chief, Wildlife Management Division
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
david.cobb@ncwildlife.org


SUBJECT

Please cease illegal opossum drop


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Mr. Myers, Mr. Caveny, and Mr. Cobb:

It has come to my attention that Clay’s Corner, owned by Clay Logan, operates an event called Opossum Drop in which a a live, captured opossum is suspended above noisy crowds, and exposed to a number of stressful, physically damaging, and potentially fatal situations; I am respectfully writing to persuade you to assist in discontinuing the opossum drop or encourage Mr. Logan to use an alternative.

Please allow me to elaborate. Opossums are sensitive, complex animals who experience suffering and joy, have the capacity to nurture complex relationships, and avoid humans at all times. Furthermore, opossums indeed experience pain and react negatively towards extremely stressful occurrences including loud noises, lights, enclosures, fireworks, smoke, and disturbed environments. Additionally, it is my understanding that, lacking the appropriate permits, Mr. Logan is engaged in an illegal activity by using a live opossum.

I hope you will demonstrate a commitment to protect rather than harm animals by using this opportunity to urge Mr. Logan to present a humane, legal event by using non-living alternatives that will not be abused and exploited for folly.

I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.



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stupid does and keeps on doing
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson


17 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 9:15 pm

    Sent, shared ~

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  2. Dawn permalink
    December 19, 2011 9:53 pm

    not only is this animal abuse, there is absolutely no reason this kind of activity should continue nor be condoned! I’m appalled!

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  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    December 20, 2011 4:08 am

    stupid does and keeps on doing
    in man’s ignorance and cruelty
    he will be his own undoing

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  4. SHIREEN permalink
    December 20, 2011 7:45 am

    I HOPE THAT I AM VERY MISTAKEN THAT YOU INTEND TO DO THIS EXTREMELY CRUEL & HORRIFIC DROP OF THESE ANIMALS… I AM EXTREMELY SHOCKED TO READ THIS REPORT & HOPE THAT HAS BEEN STOPPED….. PLEASE

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  5. December 20, 2011 8:06 am

    PLEASE DON’T DROP THE OPOSSUM ! ! ! How would you like to be treated this way . . . opossums, like ALL living creatures deserve to be treated with kindness and respect . . . I’m sure you could find something else to drop, perhaps you would like to be dropped .

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  6. LINDA BADHAM permalink
    December 20, 2011 11:06 am

    HAVE SENT E MAILS TO THE ADDRESSES !! THIS IS SO DISTURBING , VERY CRUEL AND NOT ACCEPTABLE ! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE FRUITCAKES ??

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  7. Talmadge Walker permalink
    December 21, 2011 5:36 am

    Brasstown is just outside of Murphy, NC which does a lot of motel business. Write the motels & tell them you’ve cancelled vacation plans in the area because of it.

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  8. Diane van Weelie permalink
    December 25, 2011 6:13 pm

    Emails sent to all 3 addresses. Using live wild animals for entertainment is cruel. Putting a shy creature where it has no place to hide from lights, noises and fumes is incredibly inhumane. Please end this practice now!

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  9. Autumn-Skye permalink
    December 26, 2011 8:24 am

    Shared and posted. Im a Carolina girl with family nearby and this is disturbing to read..

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  10. Dorothy permalink
    December 26, 2011 6:29 pm

    What is wrong with these people?? Only man finds delight in being cruel to other living beings.

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  11. Melissa permalink
    January 9, 2012 8:46 am

    This is not cruel they are not suspending the animal from it’s tail and it is released at the end. If you all are so worried about animals for entertainment why not protest Seaworld and circuses. The dolphin trade for Seaworld is LEGAL. After rounding up entire families of dolphins the females are removed for export to sell for astronomical amounts of money for human “entertainment”. The dolphins who are not being sold are then cruelly murdered by repeated stab wounds until they bleed out in the coves they were trapped in.

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    • linda badham permalink
      January 9, 2012 10:36 am

      The Dolphin cruelty is a disgrace and very cruel, but to hang an animal by it’s tail for fun is sick. Theres something not right with people who do things like that. A different level of cruelty i know but its wrong !. Any animal cruelty and i’m on it !

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    • linda badham permalink
      January 9, 2012 10:41 am

      AND OPOSSUMS ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DO THIS THEN??? MENTAL, CRUEL AND SICK.!

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  12. Rick Fanning permalink
    October 8, 2013 12:24 am

    PETA should send one of it’s members to replace the possum. C’mon people, get a life! The possum would only be out trying to cross the road if not in that cage.

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