The battle for possums’ rights continues, with this victory in PETA’s court. Because the critters can’t speak for themselves, PETA has been suing since 2012 to put an end to Brasstown’s annual possum drop. A PETA representative said it wasn’t the lowering of a select animal in a Plexiglas box that frightened the species so much as the loud music and fireworks. If that be so, I wonder why we aren’t banning loud music and fireworks. More to the point, if I cared about the ethical treatment of animals, I think I would go after some of those abuses we’ve all seen in photos. Thinking out loud, I suppose pursuing this high-profile case is anticipated to garner more cash to perform such rescues. The next exciting decision in this year’s eleventh-hour cliffhanger is scheduled for December 10.