Petition to End North Carolina’s Cruel New Year Eve’s Live Opossum Drop

Petition to End North Carolina’s Cruel New Year Eve’s Live Opossum Drop

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Animal rights groups in North Carolina are fighting the state legislature to stop an annual tradition of dropping an for New Year’s.

The group, Animal Help Now, wants to end the House Bill 574, which gives people the right to participate in during a certain time of year.

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House Bill 574, approved in 2015, reads, “No State or local statutes, rules, regulations, or ordinances related to the capture, captivity, treatment, or release of wildlife shall apply to the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) between the dates of December 29 of each year and January 2 of each subsequent year.”

A “Possum Drop” is like the New York City ball drop, but an opossum is used instead. Animal Help Now is circulating a to end this practice.

Millie was an opossum used in an Andrews, NC event. Shewas the main “drop” and was captured from the wild to be used as a prop.

Millie was injured and ultimately had to have her leg amputated after she was used in a New Year’s Eve event.

Millie was caught and held for many days prior to being used as the drop.

We need to end this cruel practice now! Emilie Nelson, Director, NC Wildlife Rehab, said of the opossum, “Opossums are incredibly timid and gentle souls who can become so overwhelmed with fear and anxiety that their bodies literally shut down into a coma-like state.”

Learn more about Millie here

Sign the petition to help end this practice.

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 6 December 2019.


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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

oh possums

we are fruits of
nature,
blossoms
but you humans
call us
opossums
you think we
are nasty
you look so afraid
we when lie down
then jump up,
reactions not
delayed.
cute we are really
if look at us you do,
but until then
we will have fun
scaring you.