About two years ago I have reported on the feud between the mighty PETA and the people of Brasstown, North Carolina. The chief protagonists of the story were: the possum, which is raised to the top of the tree and lowered down as part of the local tradition, to be released afterword to attend to its usual business:
and a colorful leg that belongs to a PETA Director Delcianna Winders, a chief meddler in the Brasstown affairs:
In that post I have offered to replace the possum by that leg (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) to raise and lower as a local totem.
But the tradition won for now:
A North Carolina judge ruled on Monday that a mountain town's New Year’s Eve celebration can include the lowering of a captured possum at midnight as planned despite protests from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).So: Merry Christmas and happy New Year to the folks of Brasstown, NC. May all of you and your possums be healthy and happy!