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Why Do We Still Celebrate Groundhog Day?

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In a tradition dating back to the 1800s, confused humans have been looking to the meteorology skills of groundhogs to predict how long our long-johns will be necessary. Yes friends, today is groundhog day, and for the 20,000 people who attended Punxsutawney Phil’s Pennsylvania celebration, it was a happy outcome.

When Punxsutawney Phil was forced out into public this morning, he didn’t cast a shadow. As tradition states, that means an early spring is in our future. And while we can assume that no one is ceremoniously burning their parkas in celebration of the news, we can just as quickly assume that Phil’s spotlight will disappear now that he’s done his civic duty.

His Canadian counterpart, Wiarton Willie, sees a similar spotlight north of the border.  The two groundhogs have legions of fans, twitter pages, and absolutely no say when it comes to their celebrity. Thing is, these theatrics are just another ridiculous human tradition that I would love to see go by the wayside. For there to be a groundhog day celebration in every major city, there has to be a groundhog being used in every major city. Does our media frenzy about weather prediction matter more deeply to us than their freedom to them?

I’ve probably touched on “too vegan” for some of our readers, but there’s no denying that putting a confused animal through groundhog day is no different than forcing another to perform tricks or live behind bars. If you agree that using animals is a question of morality, than groundhog day is just another spectacle you tend to avoid.

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