PETA Wants Punxsutawney Phil Replaced by a Robot

On February 2nd of every year, people wait to see if their local groundhog comes out of its winter nest. The superstition says that if the groundhog sees its shadow, it will be scared and run back into hiding, and we will have six more weeks of bad weather. If the groundhog stays out, better weather is on the way. The most famous groundhog in the US is Punxsutawney Phil, who is escorted out of his pen with pomp and ceremony every year. However, PETA doesn't think this is a good idea.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it's unfair to keep the animal in captivity and subject him to the huge crowds and bright lights that accompany tens of thousands of revelers each Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. PETA is suggesting the use of an animatronic model.

But William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says the animal is "being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania." The groundhog is kept in a climate-controlled environment and is inspected annually by the state Department of Agriculture.

Deeley considers this a publicity stunt. Link

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There were so many people talking about Punxsutawney Phil on Twitter that it was one of the top trending topics for a while - check out the video at http://www.joshrimer.com/top-trending-topics-happy-groundhog-day-thatsanono-punxsutawney-phil/ to see some of the more entertaining ones in a funny video. :-)
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PETA makes people who truly care about animals look like idiots and I wish they would go away. They are nothing but terrorists who support other terrorists (like ALF), hypocrites and puppy killers. They have no real understanding of animals, no respect for people, and no justification for existing.
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PETA works incredibly hard to make animal rights supporters look like morons. They MUST be funded and run by those who are in reality opposed to the idea. It's the only explanation for an endless stream of stunts that work against their stated goals and turn them into a laughing stock.
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