Updated: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:36:57 GMT | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

US town to have possum drop, without live possum

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - A New Year's Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won't involve the live animal.

During past drops, the possum was suspended in a see-through box covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued, calling the event in Brasstown illegal and cruel. Last month, a judge ruled a state agency lacked authority to issue a permit for the drop.

Clay Logan told the Asheville Citizen-Times for its Thursday edition that he's considering using a stuffed animal or maybe road kill this year.

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