People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit against Logan for lowering a live opossum. They claim this is cruelty to animals and traumatizes this sensitive creature.
This annual event draws thousands of people and it was even filmed on national television.
Recently, Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour ruled against PETA (WKRK Radio, "The Party Line"). A live opossum will be lowered in a cage at Clay's Corner to celebrate this New Year.
According to Joe Shook, former sheriff of Clay County, NC, "Logan treats the possum like royalty during the lowering to bring in the New Year. The possum is well fed, protected from the elements and warm. These are probably the best days of the possum's life," ("Clay County Progress," Opinions, Page A4, December 26, 2013).
No doubt this controversy about using a live opossum in the annual New Year's Evc celebration will continue. But this year Clay Logan plans to lower the animal at the strike of midnight, then release it into the woods.
I wonder what my blogger friends think about dropping a live