Animal Cruelty by US Republican

The following article was initially written by Tigerquoll entitled ‘US Republican Katherine Harris – a Presbyterian ‘pro-lifer’ who treats animals like this!‘ and published on 20091129.
Animal Cruelty by US Republican Katherine Harris
The woman should have a criminal record and be prohibited for life from holding public office
(Photo: AP)


In rural Wassau in the southern US state of Florida, the Wausau Possum Festival has become an annual summertime folk festival over the past forty years. This event is said to celebrate the role of the opossum in the survival of the populace of Northwest Florida during the depression. Aside from the music, a key feature is the fundraising possum auction for the local Wausau Development Club, which involves holding opossums by their tail. Possum is served up as a main fare.

The Virginia oppossum (Didelphis virginiana Kerr) is the only marsupial native to the south eastern region of North America and extending through Central America.

American Republican politician Katherine Harris of Florida is shown here in August 2006 during her campaigning for the 2006 Florida United States Senate election, holding a possum by the tail and is said to have bid $400 at the so-called ‘possum auction’.

According to the festival’s sick tradition, every election year, national and statewide candidates in Florida must prove they are good country folk by mistreating a possum at the Wausau Possum Festival. “Candidates bid for a possum, taking it out of a holding area by its tail and giving it a shake to terrify the creature into going limp so it won’t claw them. They’re later fed and released into the wild“.

[Source:  ^, Florida, USA, August 2006]

As one commenter rightly suggested:

“Someone should pick her up by her nether regions and shake her until she goes limp. Then take her back to the woods.”


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2 Responses to “Animal Cruelty by US Republican”

  1. Barbara Pelczynska says:

    The Wausau Possum Festival tradition is yet another example of our society’s rationale that animals are inferior to us humans and so they can be exploited for our pleasure even when in the process they are subjected to cruelty, pain and fear. Publicity and protests did in the past and do at present help to have such traditions banned. So we have to continue to protest because it is obvious that Katherine Harris is not the only one that has to be shaken to realize how cruel the festival is, but also all the others who participate and promote this festival.

  2. Dr. Anusha Patchava says:

    Katherine Harris should be deeply ashamed of herself. Hypocrite and typical religious republican bigot!!!

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