by MPD
Categories: Animals.

phil_terminateGroundhog Day is almost upon us and PETA is back in the news once again!

The animal rights organization is asking the town of Punxsutawney to retire Phil the groundhog and replace him with a robotic one, claiming that the the crowds and noise at the annual festival upset the animal.

Gemma Vaughan, Animals in Entertainment specialist for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in a letter to organizers:

“These normally shy animals—who are constantly on alert when they are out of their burrows—become stressed when they are exposed to large, screaming crowds; flashing lights from perhaps hundreds of cameras; and human handling.” Adding, “We think that an animatronic groundhog would similarly mesmerize a crowd full of curious spectators in Punxsutawney.”

Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, disagrees and says that Phil is “being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.” (Note to kids: Stay the hell away from PA!)

What do you think? Should Punxsutawney give Phil to a sanctuary and get all Avatar up in that burrow, or is the groundhog an important part of the celebration? Chime in and share your thoughts!

  • georgina0912

    It is a tradition, and it is not scientific…just leave the groundhog alone.

  • Nathan

    Has PETA lost their collective minds? I remember when they were actually relevant, doing work that actually meant something. They educated me to turn vegan, but now they’ve become a dinosaur using archaic means that cause more harm than good for the animal rights cause.

  • http://vegreg.wordpress.com Gina

    Mesmerizing, sure…but not in a good way. Maybe someone from PETA could don a groundhog costume instead.

  • Rad_Rosa89

    Just leave the groundhog alone, no animal deserves to be put on display..

  • JammaBeanz

    PETA’s on the endangered list, no one takes them seriously any more.

    • Dgredy

      they actually do didnt you read the lobster zone machine was removed from a bar thanks to peta and what about 27,000 exotic animals that were rescued thaks to peta as well so get your facts straigh. and about this problem, the people that do this show every year sould meet peta half way and myabe just give the groundhog a better life, because living in a library all year round doent seem like fun

  • Karina

    Leave the groundhog alone. He doesn’t live to put on a show for people. People seriously need to stop treating animals like property.